Edinburgh was declared the worlds first city of literature in 2004.
This is important, the spirit of writing runs deep through many facets of Scottish national identity, often providing a cultural lodestone to the nation. Indeed, Edinburgh was once home to many giants of Scottish and world literature, and the city has proven to be an inspiration for writers time and time again.
This is expressed through many aspects of the urban fabric of Edinburgh, and referenced within many stops on the “Edinburgh Literary Tour.” However tokenestic this may appear, it does however illustrate the way in which a literary legacy is important to the psyche of Edinburgh.
The lingering references on the ground, many in Scots rather than English, illustrate another bounding feature of cultural identity: language.