Umbrellas of Edinburgh is an anthology of contemporary writing about Edinburgh.

It includes work by 80 acclaimed writers,

reflecting the diverse voices and lives of this iconic city.

Published by SHORELINE OF INFINITY

A word from the editors, Claire Askew and Russell Jones…

Scotland’s capital is a vibrant, diverse and modern city, cultivated by people from around the world. It’s filled with cutting edge art, international cuisines, theatres and pubs, bright minds and masonry, dark side streets and sinister stories. Edinburgh is a hub for literary inspiration and ambition, hosting the world’s largest literary festival, and it’s the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. But pick up a collection of writing about Edinburgh, and you’re often faced with the same list of names: dead white men.

As editors, we were keen to reflect the diversity of Edinburgh and its people, and to shift the existing (dead white men) focus through a more contemporary lens. This anthology includes work from writers of colour, writers who identify as LGBTQIA+, who live with disabilities, writers who have lived in countries other than Scotland, and its contributors predominantly identify as women.

Our brief to the writers was simple: choose a location in Edinburgh and write about it. Between these pages you’ll find explorations of architecture, fragments of memories, views of potential futures, romps in hedgerows, summer picnics, hard winters, love, loss and the moments in between. These poems and short stories show us that the city is inseparable from its people, and it’s the voices of our times which add colour and meaning to the brickwork. But it also shows us that Edinburgh is still a great source of inspiration for its inhabitants and those who pass through it; it takes them on journeys, through which the people and the city are forever altered.

About the editors

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Claire Askew

Claire Askew is the author of the poetry collection This changes things (Bloodaxe, 2016); and the novels All The Hidden Truths (2018), What You Pay For (2019) and Cover Your Tracks (2020), published by Hodder & Stoughton. Claire was the 2017 Jessie Kesson Fellow, and has worked as Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh and Schools Writer in Residence for both Scottish Book Trust and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Follow her @onenightstanzas.

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Russell Jones

Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He was the UK’s first Pet Poet Laureate, is the author of the Beast Realms novel series (Portal Books, 2020-2021) and six collections of poetry: cocoon (Tapsalteerie, 2020), “Dark Matters” (Tapsalteerie, 2018), The Green Dress Whose Girl is Sleeping (Freight Books, 2015), “Our Terraced Hum” (in Caboodle, Prole Books, 2015), “Spaces of Their Own” (Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2013)  and “The Last Refuge” (Forest Publications, 2009). He is the deputy editor at Shoreline of Infinity, a Scottish science fiction magazine (chosen as the best magazine/periodical by the British Fantasy Society in 2018), is the editor of Where Rockets Burn Through: Contemporary Science Fiction Poems from the UK (Penned in the Margins, 2012), was a guest editor for The Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, is the co-editor of Umbrellas of Edinburgh: Poetry and Prose Inspired by Scotland’s Capital City (new updated edition due 2020) and Multiverse: an international anthology of science fiction poetry (2018).

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Umbrellas of Edinburgh

 

Umbrellas of Edinburgh is an anthology of contemporary writing about Edinburgh.

It includes work by 80 acclaimed writers,

reflecting the diverse voices and lives of this iconic city.

Published by SHORELINE OF INFINITY

A word from the editors, Claire Askew and Russell Jones…

Scotland’s capital is a vibrant, diverse and modern city, cultivated by people from around the world. It’s filled with cutting edge art, international cuisines, theatres and pubs, bright minds and masonry, dark side streets and sinister stories. Edinburgh is a hub for literary inspiration and ambition, hosting the world’s largest literary festival, and it’s the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature. But pick up a collection of writing about Edinburgh, and you’re often faced with the same list of names: dead white men.

As editors, we were keen to reflect the diversity of Edinburgh and its people, and to shift the existing (dead white men) focus through a more contemporary lens. This anthology includes work from writers of colour, writers who identify as LGBTQIA+, who live with disabilities, writers who have lived in countries other than Scotland, and its contributors predominantly identify as women.

Our brief to the writers was simple: choose a location in Edinburgh and write about it. Between these pages you’ll find explorations of architecture, fragments of memories, views of potential futures, romps in hedgerows, summer picnics, hard winters, love, loss and the moments in between. These poems and short stories show us that the city is inseparable from its people, and it’s the voices of our times which add colour and meaning to the brickwork. But it also shows us that Edinburgh is still a great source of inspiration for its inhabitants and those who pass through it; it takes them on journeys, through which the people and the city are forever altered.