Saturday 25 April, 2pm (to 4pm):

Serenity Cafe

8 Jackson’s Entry, The Tun, Edinburgh EH8 8PJ


Naming places, mapping and defining places – and how places define and inspire us, this poetry workshop is brought to us by Yvonne Gray and Morag MacInnes of the Writing the North project.    


All work produced will be considered for publication in a forthcoming volume of The Evergreen.

To book a place email wordbankevergreen @ gmail.com or text/call 07598323440




Friday 24 April, 5.15 pm:

Hunter Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art, Hunter Building, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh


Professor Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen). Booking not required.


Wednesday 29 April, 6pm:

National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh


Edward Hollis (Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh)
Book online or call 0131 623 3734


‘The reunion of democracy with culture’

Call for Submissions

The Evergreen is a high quality creative and documentary anthology 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 four volumes 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.

To be published in August 2015, Volume 2 of The Evergreen will include commissioned and submitted fiction, poetry, nonfiction, painting, drawing and photography, primarily, but not exclusively, on the theme of Work, the Making of the City.

Before long... we shall... apply our constructive skill towards the public conservation instead of the private dissipation of resources, and towards the evolution instead of the deterioration of the lives of others.  - Patrick Geddes 'Cities in Evolution' (1915)

Guidelines for Submissions  

    Fiction - up to 3000 words

    Poetry - up to 1000 words

    Visual art - up to 12 pieces

    Deadline: 30 April 2015

All submissions must be unpublished and will be accepted by by post or email.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 Volume 2

Could they be right, those who tell us that Edinburgh is in danger of losing its character? Some of our members say that the city, particularly the Old Town, has lost it already.

Perhaps this is what The Herald reviewer of Volume 1 of The Evergreen had in mind when he suggested that “Edinburgh, like so many other destinations on the tourist trail, is a city in search of a soul.”  (Link to this and other reviews, below).

Whatever the truth of this claim, The Evergreen has joined in the search for the distinctive  make-up of the Old Town, the vision that fits the city we find ourselves living in today. The search starts here but will have much wider relevance, to other places, ‘other destinations’.

Volume 2 of The Evergreen is themed around Work, the Making of the City.  Economic activity – how people earn their living – is the dominant factor in making a place what it is, in forming its character, in shaping its values.

But how does the drive for endless economic growth affect the places we call home?

In pictures, fiction, poetry and essays, the next issue will explore what we do, and how that shapes the city and our lives.

We are now open for submissions until 30 April 2015.

See the submission guidelines here.

The Evergreen reviewed at The Herald

The Evergreen reviewed at Scottish Books


The Evergreen is Supported by:






The Evergreen Patrick Geddes

The Return of The Evergreen:
Landmark literary publication reborn after 120 year hiatus

Patrick Geddes's celebration of local tradition, living nature and culture returns now published by Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust. One of Scotland's most important literary traditions has been revived in Edinburgh’s with the publication of a new Evergreen.

The last Evergreen was published by Patrick Geddes & Colleagues from Riddles Court in Edinburgh's Lawnmarket in 1895. 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 four issues over the next two years.

Its return has been made possible by The Word Bank, Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust’s publishing initiative, with the support of Creative Scotland and the Leverhulme Trust.

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.

The first issue includes such notable contributors as artist Kate Downie, historians Richard Rodger and Robert Morris, and writers James Robertson and Stuart Kelly.

Poetry abounds with works by Alan Gillis, David Herd, Peter Kravitz and Edinburgh Makar, Christine De Luca.

Black and white photography by Robin Gillanders and John Reiach add a striking local flavour to this handsome publication.

Read more: The Return of The Evergreen