In this exciting and timely new publication, the ‘local’ is revisited through current literature, art and ideas. New poetry, fiction, visual art, and essays on social and cultural issues will be presented in the four issues of The Evergreen over two years.

An update of previous Evergreens by Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes, The Evergreen, A New Season in the North aims once again to ‘revive local colour’ in Scotland’s capital city and explore how literature and the arts support community – in any locality.

The Word Bank, a publishing collective run by Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust, works with residents, artists, institutions and businesses to present fresh perspectives on familiar stories, to stimulate new aspirations and ideas and, above all, inspire action to make better places.

The Evergreen is supported by the University of Aberdeen and other Scottish Universities and institutions. The latest phase of a Leverhulme funded research project, The Evergreen recognises the part literature and literary tradition have to play in shaping our communities, both local and national – art creates our sense of the city, and what it means to live in it.

Through open submission and commissions, new work of the highest quality was sought locally, nationally and internationally.

Contributors to Issue 1 are:

 Leila Aboulela, Dominic Cooper, Christine De Luca, Kate Downie, Elizabeth Elliott, Robin Gillanders, Alan Gillis, Peter Kravitz, David Herd, Stuart Kelly, Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Richie McCaffrey, Ian McDonough, Andrew McDougall, Todd McEwen, John McGlade, Benjamin Morris, Robert Morris, Owen O’Neill, James Robertson, Mario Relich, John Reiach, Richard Rodger, Mike Saunders, Morelle Smith, Nancy Somerville, Jock Stein, David Tomassini, Samantha Walton.  

The first issue is available for £15.00 post free (within UK) direct from The Word Bank.  

The Word Bank, a publishing collective run by Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust, works with residents, artists, institutions and businesses to present fresh perspectives on familiar stories, to stimulate new aspirations and ideas and, above all, inspire action to make better places.