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


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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

Poetry of Place and No-Place

With Christine De Luca and David Herd

'The Evergreen: A New Season in the North' is a new anthology of writing and visual art that encourages readers to look afresh at their own environment and their place in it.

The first issue includes work by Christine De Luca and David Herd and this event is part of the celebration of its publication. Inspired by the anthologies of Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes, The Evergreen shares the belief that an appreciation of place is essential to sustainable and convivial living.

Come and hear the contrasting poetic perspectives of De Luca and Herd on the subject. The poetry reading will be followed by Q and A and discussion.

Edinburgh's Makar, Christine De Luca, writes in both English and Shetlandic.  She has written over a dozen books, mainly poetry, but also a novel and children's stories.  Her latest collection, Dat Trickster Sun (Mariscat 2014) has been shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award.

David Herd is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent. His collections of poetry include All Just (Carcanet) and Outwith (Bookthug). Other publications include Enthusiast! Essays on Modern American Literature (Manchester 2007) and John Ashbery and American Poetry (Manchester 2001)


This is a joint event with the Palimpsest project, which is current mapping literary Edinburgh with generous support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

An Overview of the Palimpsest Project at Edinburgh University

Read more: Poetry of Place and No-Place

The View from Dover

A lunchtime talk on place, movement and belonging in contemporary British culture by David Herd, Professor of Modern Literature, University of Kent.

The View from Dover is the first of a series of talks and essays by David Herd that take their bearings from the site of The Citadel on Dover’s Western Heights.

Originally constructed at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, as part of a network of fortifications, The Citadel knew various functions before its present use as an immigration removal centre.

Starting at the building itself, with its iconic location, this talk asks what it means to view contemporary culture from such a contested site.

Focusing questions of movement and belonging, Dover’s Citadel offers one of the most striking views in modern Britain. What becomes visible, the talk will ask, from a site held legally and linguistically just outside?

David Herd is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent. His collections of poetry include All Just (Carcanet) and Outwith (Bookthug). Other publications include Enthusiast! Essays on Modern American Literature (Manchester 2007) and John Ashbery and American Poetry (Manchester 2001)