It was in 1896 that the last Evergreen was published in Edinburgh’s Old Town by Patrick Geddes and colleagues. The Word Bank, with the support of Creative Scotland and the Leverhulme Trust, is launching a new Evergreen as their first publishing venture in October 2014.

The Word Bank 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.

New poetry, fiction, visual art, and essays on social and cultural issues will be presented in four issues of The Evergreen: A New Season in the North over the next two years. Following in the tradition of Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes, the aim once again is to ‘revive local colour’ in Scotland’s capital city and explore how literature and the arts supports community in any locality.  

Contributors to Issue 1  

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.

This is an exciting and timely publication. Already it will be clear that, as Elizabeth Elliot suggests in an essay on Evergreen's predecessors, like previous incarnations, this is something of a mixed bag. The prodigality of Scottish creativity is easily harnessed, but not usually with such care. The look of The Evergreen is part of its charm, and its themes, although various, are somehow presented not in its texts and images, but in the artful manipulations of its designers.

The Bottle Imp, ASLS

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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.

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