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.

 

The Evergreen: A New Season in the North, Volume 1

The Evergreen revisits a 400-year old tradition that sparked the Evergreen anthologies of Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes, inspiring a civic and cultural revival within Edinburgh and beyond.

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The first number of The Evergreen opens with wonderful, sweeping, swirling views of the Old Town by painter Kate Downie—providing an overview of our home, and the people, places and ideas in this new literary and social journal.

Invoking and reaffirming the ideas of Patrick Geddes, The Evergreen concerns with local culture, people in the city, the arts, and social justice, – and encourage readers to look afresh at their environment and their place in it. No better place to start than the peculiar point of view presented by historian Robert Morris, that of Professor Geddes’s Cat, which sits atop Ramsay Garden – have you seen it?

The city’s literary history informs The Evergreen. Richard Rodger links David Hume to a brief history of space in the city (green and otherwise), Stuart Kelly looks at the relevance of the monumental Walter Scott in  the anniversary year Waverley, and James Robertson reminds us to listen to three old and beautiful voices.

This issue abounds with poetry on themes rich and various: spring, tourism, freedom, geography, art and music, Robert Fergusson, Paul Klee, Edinburgh places, and places far from Edinburgh, Los Angeles, the stars. The poets are: Benjamin Morris, Nancy Somerville, Andrew McDougall, John McGlade, Ian McDonough, Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Peter Kravitz, Owen O’Neill, David Herd, Jock Stein, Mike Saunders, Alan Gillis, Mario Relich, Christine De Luca, Samantha Walton.

In prose Leila Aboulela, Morelle Smith, Dominic Cooper and David Tomassini supply perspectives from other places: Aberdeen, the West Highlands, France and Venice – and Todd McEwen discovers that coffee is eating away the foundations of our cultural institutions.

The visual is essential to The Evergreen: Robin Gillanders offers five fine portraits of people whose life and work are essential to the community, and John Reiach shows us just how close to nature we are.

Finally, Richie McCaffrey and Elizabeth Elliott round out the issue by invoking Patrick Geddes again, his contributions to the intellectual renascence of Edinburgh as well as to the daily life of the city.

Copies of The Evergreen Volume One (October 2014) are available from The Word Bank, priced £10 and post-free within the UK.

To purchse by post send £10 (cheques made payable to The Edinburgh Old Town Develpment Trust) for each copy you wish, to the following address:

    The Word Bank

    EOTDT

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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.

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