You are invited to an open meeting to discuss The Evergreen project in Edinburgh’s Old Town.


Thursday 13 June at 7pm

Riddles Court

322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh

The place we live is built on stories, not only its exciting and imminent history but what we and others say about the way we live now. These stories add up to the meaning of the place we call home. They provide us with a sense of who we are and why we live here.  The Evergreen Project will help remind us of old stories and stimulate the telling of new ones, celebrating the local environment, local culture and how it connects with the rest of Scotland, Europe and the wider world.

What is The Evergreen?

The Evergreen is an Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust project in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and a range of educational, arts and cultural organisations.

It consists of a publication in four parts – one for each season - to be published in 2014 and 2015, along with a programme of learning, skill-sharing, events and celebrations. The publication The Evergreen: A New Season in the North will consist of new writing (fiction, poetry and prose) and visual art.

The learning programme will support the production of the publication, build local knowledge and skills and allow the whole community to get involved: residents, workers, learners, local organisations and businesses. The project will have an active web presence including on-line and epublications.

What is the bigger picture?

Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust is committed to the regeneration of the Old Town as a living community by building the knowledge and skills of the local population, improving the environment and developing community assets and businesses.

Building on the tradition of Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes, The Evergreen forms part of the wider Word Bank project, EOTDT’s vision for a community-owned publishing, writing and literacy centre in the Old Town.

How can you get involved?

Participate, learn, volunteer your skills in any of the following areas: Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Design, Scottish Literature, History, Publishing, Events, Performing Arts, Natural History, Environmental Studies – and any other discipline or endeavour that helps make the city a better place to live.

You are invited to an open meeting to discuss The Evergreen project in Edinburgh’s Old Town.


Thursday 13 June at 7pm

Riddles Court

322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh

The place we live is built on stories, not only its exciting and imminent history but what we and others say about the way we live now. These stories add up to the meaning of the place we call home. They provide us with a sense of who we are and why we live here.  The Evergreen Project will help remind us of old stories and stimulate the telling of new ones, celebrating the local environment, local culture and how it connects with the rest of Scotland, Europe and the wider world.

What is The Evergreen?

The Evergreen is an Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust project in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and a range of educational, arts and cultural organisations.

It consists of a publication in four parts – one for each season - to be published in 2014 and 2015, along with a programme of learning, skill-sharing, events and celebrations. The publication The Evergreen: A New Season in the North will consist of new writing (fiction, poetry and prose) and visual art.

The learning programme will support the production of the publication, build local knowledge and skills and allow the whole community to get involved: residents, workers, learners, local organisations and businesses. The project will have an active web presence including on-line and epublications.

What is the bigger picture?

Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust is committed to the regeneration of the Old Town as a living community by building the knowledge and skills of the local population, improving the environment and developing community assets and businesses.

Building on the tradition of Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes, The Evergreen forms part of the wider Word Bank project, EOTDT’s vision for a community-owned publishing, writing and literacy centre in the Old Town.

How can you get involved?

Participate, learn, volunteer your skills in any of the following areas: Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Design, Scottish Literature, History, Publishing, Events, Performing Arts, Natural History, Environmental Studies – and any other discipline or endeavour that helps make the city a better place to live.

Spring is a good time to launch a new programme especially one called The Evergreen, the inaugural project of the Word Bank. Celebrating the local, the work of writers and artists and the importance of community, The Evergreen will produce four publications of new writing alongside an extensive 2-year learning and events programme.

In 1895, following the example of Allan Ramsay, Patrick Geddes and colleagues produced their Evergreen calling for ‘a return to local and national tradition and living nature’.

Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust, in partnership with The University of Edinburgh and others want to amplify this call for the 21st century.

The Evergreen will establish community-led cultural projects as an integral part of the Word Bank. The project will actively involve and support the whole Old Town community and encourage a literary and cultural tradition where everyone contributes to the on-going story of the city. Geddes wanted to move away from what he saw as the ‘decadent culture’ of his time which was epitomised by self-interest -‘The rule of conduct “Each for himself”, which is held good enough for beasts, has little relevance to human intercourse and social action’.     

Self-interest and the drive for personal and corporate profit still drives our culture, locally, nationally and beyond. The Evergreen offers a chance to re-think existing models of community aspiring to approaches that will serve us all better.

In that spirit, the Trust wants the widest possible collaboration in the project and invites anyone interested to get in touch.

Contact: Elizabeth Eliott or Sean Bradley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 
Spring is a good time to launch a new programme especially one called The Evergreen, the inaugural project of the Word Bank.
Celebrating the local, the work of writers and artists and the importance of community, The Evergreen will produce four publications of new writing alongside an extensive 2-year learning and events programme.

In 1895, following the example of Allan Ramsay, Patrick Geddes and colleagues produced their Evergreen calling for ‘a return to local and national tradition and living nature’.

Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust, in partnership with The University of Edinburgh and others want to amplify this call for the 21st century.

The Evergreen will establish community-led cultural projects as an integral part of the Word Bank.

The project will actively involve and support the whole Old Town community and encourage a literary and cultural tradition where everyone contributes to the on-going story of the city.

Geddes wanted to move away from what he saw as the ‘decadent culture’ of his time which was epitomised by self-interest - ‘The rule of conduct “Each for himself”,  which is held good enough for beasts, has little relevance to human intercourse and social action’.     

Self-interest and the drive for personal and corporate profit still drives our culture, locally, nationally and beyond. The Evergreen offers a chance to re-think existing models of community aspiring to approaches that will serve us all better.

In that spirit, the Trust wants the widest possible collaboration in the project and invites anyone interested to get in touch, especially those wioth contributions to the first Evergreen books, which will be published in 2014.

Contact: Elizabeth Eliott or Sean Bradley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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