The Evergreen: A New Season in the North, Volume 2

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 city is ceaselessly working, but who is it working for?

Who is more outstanding in his field than James Kelman? But, in The Evergreen he’s now standing outside his field looking in. Around town, Elizabeth Darling hears the sounds of children at play in the Canongate – from over a hundred years ago. Kirsti Wishart blasts us into the future with an amazing cohort of untraditional superheroes, many of whom suffer from traditional Scottish syndromes! Lucy Ellmann performs another of her daring rescues – this time it’s the baleful, beleaguered shopgirls of Edinburgh who are swept to safety, with morally instructive pictures by Diana Hope.

Petra Reid takes up Lucky Spence’s tale (and cause) where she left it off. Not much has changed for Edinburgh’s filles de joie in three hundred years. Kenny Munro revels in discoveries in old footage of The Honest Toun, while Tom Hubbard and Lou Dear think furiously about a subject close to our hearts: the university, and how it might one day become something useful. Jim Gilchrist revisits a Grassmarket almost unbelievable today, an arcadia of song and gelato.

Peter Burnett goes behind the scenes of our wonderful world of arts festivals and finds something very, very nasty. Joyce Guthrie witnesses a messy death on Lothian Road. Turns out it’s someone nobody knows, a tourist gone astray. David Wheatley rolls up his sleeves and gets to grips with Doric, celebrating our own Robert Fergusson into the bargain. Meanwhile, Robert Davies turns a very baffled lens on those who have found themselves high and dry in Granton, and poets Neil C Young and Eddie Gibbons get their hands grubby.

But The Evergreen gets out in the world, too: Paul Furneaux takes us on an exquisite visual journey from Aberdeen to Tokyo to Edinburgh, by way of a studio in flames. Brian McLaughlin sends us a timely Letter from Barcelona: he’s seen the future of its Old Town and … OMG it’s us! Ali Millar wonders if any of this is worth it. And from the West Port, Ken Crump writes that there’s some mighty pretty country out there.


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The Evergreen is Supported by:








saltire society scotland




Edinburgh World Heritage







You are cordially invited to readings from the second of the four-volume The Evergreen: A New Season in the North.

The launch will be held on Wednesday 2nd December at 7PM at The Studio, Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge.


The Evergreen is Supported by:














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 @ 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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