Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature’s wins Scottish Thistle Award at Regional Finals

Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature has been awarded Visit Scotland’s ‘Working Together for Tourism’ Scottish Thistle Award for its Stars and Stories project.

Stars and Stories, a walking trail of 24 illuminated quotations, worked with a range of businesses in the Royal Mile, including the likes of Dynamic Earth, the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Storytelling Centre, in order to widen the literary appeal of the area to visitors and residents of the city.

The Trust was part of an impressive shortlist including Rosslyn Chapel and Marketing Edinburgh’s Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows project. With 16 separate and inspiring categories, there was a wealth of talent and diversity to celebrate. The regional winners of each category will now go on to the national final in March 2018, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Ali Bowden, Director of the City of Literature Trust, said:

”We are delighted to win this award and to have the support of so many businesses for the Stars and Stories project. Our funders and supporters have been brilliant – the City of Edinburgh Council, the New Waverley Community Fund, the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group, Scottish Enterprise, Edinburgh World Heritage, Jump Marketing, Bailey Signs, and particularly Creative Scotland, who support the Trust’s programme across the year. But it is Edinburgh’s writers and publishers from across the centuries, who are our inspiration and who won this award.”

The Stars and Stories project is currently live in the Canongate each evening from 5pm. The project will be on display until February 2018. The Trust warmly invites you to explore the lightbox trail and discover more about Edinburgh’s literary heritage. More information can be found on the Edinburgh UNESCO Creative City of Literature website.