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

Volume 1

Price £15 now £10

 

In anticipation of the launch of The Evergreen Volume 2, The Word Bank can offer Volume 1 at a discounted rate.

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

    8 Jackson's Entry

    EH8 8PJ

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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.

The Bottle Imp, ASLS

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