Come on a journey. We begin at Blackness Castle, Edinburgh Airport, the Bridges in the far west, then on to Dean Village and the National Gallery of Modern Art in the West End, via Murrayfield, Tynecastle and the Diggers pub. Next to the Cafe Royal, South Bridge, Nicolson Square in the centre, taking in the Scott Monument and Princes Street on the way. The Royal Mile and Cowgate make way for Morningside and the Royal Observatory on Blackford Hill. These are just some of the unforgettable locations that inspire the poetry and occasional prose in Umbrellas of Edinburgh.
Scotland’s capital has always excited the literary mind; the narrow cobbled streets and ornate turrets a contradiction crying out to be explored and fashioned into metaphor. This is a landmark anthology containing the work of seventy writers including Ryan Van Winkle, JL Williams, Aonghas Macneacail, Gerda Stevenson, Pippa Goldschmidt, Hamish Whyte, Jane Goldman, Theresa Muñoz, Rob A Mackenzie, Colin Will, Richie McCaffrey, Sophie Cooke, Forward Prize-shortlisted Harry Giles and Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca; a selection that perfectly demonstrates the vitality of the Scottish literary scene.
Taken as a guide book, giving a poets-eye-view of the capital and opening it up in ways not seen before, Umbrellas of Edinburgh is the perfect gift for visitors and long-time residents alike.
Edited by Russell Jones and Claire Askew.
Praise for Umbrellas of Edinburgh
‘…it is for those who love poetry, of living, of dying, of storytelling. It is for the tourist, to cram in between their free maps and pristine guidebooks; it is for the high school student who is fervently studying to apply at its university; it is for the expats in Beijing, London, Glasgow.’ Aoife Lyall
‘The team at Freight Books are to be congratulated on bringing this product to fruition… one of the strengths of this anthology is the way in which it succeeds in capturing a sense of place and the community that holds it together.’ Write Out Loud
‘…arguably gives the most complete and rounded depiction of this famous city to date. The more iconic landmarks and locations are present, but so are those places the tourists rarely tread… there is a depth as well as breadth to Umbrellas Of Edinburgh‘ Scots Whay Hae!
‘…a beautiful, beautiful idea… one of those books that will also make an impact on people, if they can get hold of it abroad. If you think about it, so many people come to Edinburgh… and they go back with a bit of Edinburgh in their hearts.’ Janice Forsyth
‘… a completely modern look at the iconic Scottish capital’ iScot
‘… a unique map of the capital drawn in words.’ Scottish Poetry Library
‘… what you are left with is a sense of an impressive literary community which does Edinburgh credit.’ Scots Whay Hae
‘… melancholy… celebratory… wistful… evocative… effective… multifaceted’ Scotsman