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Edinburgh City of Literature


Edinburgh was the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature in recognition of  both our rich literary heritage, and today’s vibrant contemporary literary scene.  Many visitors to Edinburgh will have experienced the city before they even arrive through books, authors, tv and film adaptations. Whether you know it or not, you are, when in Edinburgh, a ‘literary tourist’.  The links are all around us in the buildings and fabric of the city, in our many and varied literary events, and, if you’re lucky, you may even spot our world famous authors in the street!


BTS has undertaken several projects on behalf of Edinburgh City of Literature Trust developing useful resources so that Edinburgh Tourism Businesses can tap into the city’s literary goldmine.


These included:

The Tourism Business Toolkit contains

  • ETAG City of Literature Guide  BTS were commissioned by ETAG to write and design the City of Literature Guide informing businesses about Edinburgh's literary scene (old and new) and how to make most of this opportunity?
  • Tourism Business Toolkit - Writing content for the Toolkit 
  • Literary Tourism Innovation Fund - Scoping of the content and process of fund application
  • Opening the Book on Edinburgh's Literary Life - One couple's story as they spend a weekend exploring Edinburgh, City of Literature. BTS were the executive producer for the film.





"Thanks again for all your work to get the fund off the ground. I really appreciate all the energy and passion you put into both the guide and the fund. Also the leaflet looks brilliant".

Gold star.

Ali Bowden


Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust

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