The Scottish Poetry Library is delighted to announce that it is taking part in this Sunday’s Open Streets activities. As a result, the Library will be open to the public between 12pm and 4pm. Come down, browse, read, lose yourself in a poem.
A City of Edinburgh Council initiative, Open Streets sees parts of Edinburgh go car-free (with exceptions for blue badge holders), the streets filled not with motors but activities the entire family can enjoy. The Scottish Storytelling Centre and Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust are spearheading a focus on the Netherbow as an area with an incredible literary history. Indeed, both organisations are currently involved in plans to re-shape John Knox House as a Literature House for Scotland, providing an information point for the literary city. Part of this work would see the Netherbow area of the Royal Mile, particularly the closes and gardens, cultivated as a Literary Quarter.
Open Streets has three aims it wants to promote. Exploration – encouraging people to come down the Royal Mile and discover something they might not have encountered before (such as Europe’s only poetry library housed in its own specially constituted building). Haven – a safe space where users can relax, learn, think (activities the Library excels in providing room and quiet in which to do). Finally, Conversation – talk can build or heal communities, and we encourage that here at the Library.
There will be activities up and down the Royal Mile, with the Scottish Storytelling Centre running walking tours and ‘Reading Havens’ set up where you can enjoy the books placed in these areas to be picked up and taken away for free.
The Library’s participation in Open Streets is part of a pilot scheme. For more information, click here.