Edinburgh is the first UNESCO City of Literature, designated in 2004. European Literature Night 2015 in the city will be a ground-breaking evening of live contemporary literature, embedding itself to the very architecture of the city, inclusive of the cross cultural brilliance of many European nations and the local scene, and taking in both cutting edge collaborative and performance practise.
Taking place across five venues in Edinburgh - all events for free - on the night of Thursday 14th May, we present a dozen European writers, hosted by a good dozen of Edinburgh’s poets. After gigs in cafes, galleries and gardens, a finale event will bring all the poets, and the audience, to Summerhall, where brand new cross-nation collaborations, written for the night, will be shared.
Short videos will document the poets and writers reading on the city streets and in selected locales both famous and hidden, and the entire process, in all its multiple outpourings will be documented, in order, to capture the ambition and energy of the evening, to share online and provide a legacy.
European Literature Night is sponsored by Edinburgh City of Literature Trust, with support from Edinburgh Napier University, Austrian Cultural Forum, Festina Lente, Icelandic Travel Grant +, Polish Institute and the Czech Centre. It is organised this year by SJ Fowler & the Enemies project, in partnership with Ryan Van Winkle, Graeme Smith, Iain Morrison and Colin Herd.