Umbrellas of Edinburgh

Edited by Russell Jones & Claire Askew. 

This landmark anthology showcases Edinburgh in the modern day, with poems and short stories inspired by its renowned and lesser-known locations.

It contains pieces from more than eighty contemporary writers, including Jane Yolen, Harry Josephine Giles, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, James Gao, Christine De Luca, Andy Jackson, Bashabi Fraser, Hamish Whyte, Janette Ayachi, Miriam Gamble, Ryan Van Winkle, Snigdha Koirala and Colin Will.

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Scotland’s capital city has inspired artists, writers and musicians around the world. Its long literary history is etched into its bricks, trodden into its cobbled streets, heard through its winding alleys and cast into its iconic monuments.

This landmark anthology showcases Edinburgh in the modern day, with poems and short stories inspired by its renowned and lesser-known locations.

It contains pieces from more than eighty contemporary writers, including Jane Yolen, Harry Josephine Giles, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, James Gao, Christine De Luca, Andy Jackson, Bashabi Fraser, Hamish Whyte, Janette Ayachi, Miriam Gamble, Ryan Van Winkle, Snigdha Koirala and Colin Will.

This is a collection that celebrates the diversity of Edinburgh and the city’s enduring inspiration for visitors and locals alike. Take it on a walk and see this iconic city through new eyes…

What they say about Umbrellas of Edinburgh

“The most complete and rounded depiction of this famous city to date.”
Scots Whay Hae

“A landmark anthology”
Write Out Loud

“It is for those who love poetry; the poetry of living, of dying, of storytelling.”
Aoife Lyall

“There are so many people I can imagine would love this”
Janice Forsyth