THE FIRST ‘EVERGREEN’ FOR 120 YEARS TO BE PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 1st 2014

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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SUPPORTED BY CREATIVE SCOTLAND

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.

 

THE EVERGREEN: A NEW SEASON IN THE NORTH

'The reunion of democracy with culture'

Call for Submissions - UPDATE

To be published in September 2014, The Evergreen is a high quality creative and documentary anthology of 160 pages, harking back to the Evergreens published by Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes.

Poetry, fiction, visual art, essays on the built environment, social, political, scientific and cultural issues will be presented in the four issues of The Evergreen over two years.

Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust recognises the part literature and literary tradition play in shaping our communities, both local and national. Like Geddes, the Trust sees urban regeneration going hand in hand with cultural renewal - art creates our sense of the city, and what it means to live in it.

Embracing a seasonal theme, The Evergreen will include commissioned and submitted fiction, poetry, nonfiction, painting, drawing and photography, on any subject in harmony with the season of its production. Submissions received will be considered for all of the four issues planned.

Thus the contents of the first book will relate to Spring and the changes wrought in nature and human life as these appear to men and women ‘of different cultures and specialisms - to the artist and the naturalist, to the student of history and the critic of social things.’

 (Quotations from The Evergreen publications by Patrick Geddes & Colleagues 1895/6)

 

Guidelines for Submissions  

Fiction: up to 3000 words
Poetry: up to 1000 words
Visual art: up to 12 pieces

Deadline for Submissions is 15 May 2014.  All submissions must be unpublished and will be accepted by by post or email.  Payment, where it applies, will be discussed on commission or acceptance of submissions.

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THE EVERGREEN: A NEW SEASON IN THE NORTH

‘The reunion of democracy with culture’

Call for Submissions

 

the word bank edinburghTo be published in May 2014, The Evergreen will be a high quality creative and documentary anthology of two hundred pages, harking back to the Evergreens published by Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes. Poetry, fiction, essays on the built environment, social, political, scientific and cutural issues will be presented in the first and three subsequent issues of The Evergreen over two years.

Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust and its Word Bank project recognise the part literature and literary tradition play in shaping our communities, both local and national. Like Geddes, the Trust sees urban regeneration going hand in hand with cultural renewal - art creates our sense of the city, and what it means to live in it.

Embracing a seasonal theme, The Evergreen will include commissioned and submitted fiction, poetry, nonfiction, painting, drawing and photography, on any subject in harmony with the season of its appearance.

Thus the contents of the first book will relate to Spring and the changes wrought in nature and human life as these appear to men and women ‘of different cultures and specialisms - to the artist and the naturalist, to the student of history and the critic of social things.’

(Quotations from The Evergreen publications by Patrick Geddes & Colleagues 1895/6)


Guidelines for Submissions  

  • Fiction: up to 3000 words
  • Poetry: up to 1000 words
  • Visual art: up to 12 pieces

Deadline for Submissions is 15 March 2014

All submissions must be unpublished and will be accepted by by post or email. 

Payment, where it applies, will be discussed on commission or acceptance of submissions.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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