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Sturgeon shares the book love in Book Week Scotland’s first virtual festival

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Nicola Sturgeon joined in with Book Week Scotland celebrations last night with a live Q&A on Twitter.

Users submitted their book-related questions to the First Minister using the hashtag #FMBookChat, who then spent an hour tweeting about her favourite books.

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Feminist film-poem puts street harassment under the lens

Photo Above: Hopscotch Poster  © Nadine Aisha

Edinburgh-based poet and activist Nadine Aisha published a film adaptation of her poem ‘Hopscotch’.

The award-winning filmmaker Roxana Vilk directed the film, which talks about street harassment against women-of-colour, for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

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Saltire Awards to celebrate Scottish writing at St Andrew’s Day ceremony

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The Saltire Society will announce the winners for its Literary Awards at a special ceremony tomorrow, coinciding with St Andrew’s Day.

39 books, writers, and publishers have been shortlisted by the literary society, which aims to celebrate and promote Scottish writing.

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2 millionth visitor breaks National Museum of Scotland record

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By Becca Inglis

The National Museum of Scotland announced a record number of annual visitors yesterday.

So far, two million people have crossed the museum’s threshold this year, the first time that this milestone has been reached in its 150 year history. Continue reading 2 millionth visitor breaks National Museum of Scotland record

Creative Edinburgh winners to be announced this Friday

Creative Edinburgh will announce the winners for its annual awards at its 6th anniversary party this Friday.

The network of 3,500 creative and tech businesses is honouring exceptional professionals that have contributed positively to the city.

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Theatre company launches crowdfunder to feed and clothe Leith’s homeless

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Creative Electric launched a crowdfunder to support a community arts cafe in Leith yesterday.

The Edinburgh-based theatre company hope to raise £1,000 for the re:place community arts cafes project, a pay-it-forward scheme to help homeless and vulnerable people in the area.

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Stranger Hings: Chris McQueer announces sequel to debut book

Last night Chris McQueer announced that he will be releasing a sequel to his literary sensation Hings.

Hings: The B-Sides will feature eight short stories in a 40-page A5 zine.

404 Ink will release the booklet in mid-December as part of their new zine series.

The first instalment of Hings was published in July this year and was an immediate hit in the Scottish literary community.

Comparisons were made between McQueer, Irvine Welsh and Limmy for his surreal humour and focus on Glasgow’s working class community.

His publishers discovered McQueer when he submitted a short story to the first issue of their magazine in November last year.

They invited him to read at the launch party for the Error issue, where he read an extract from ‘The Dug’.

“We loved Chris from the moment his short story ‘The Universe Factory’ landed in our inbox,” said 404 Ink when they announced Hings in March. “After bringing down the house with his readings we knew 404 had to publish him,” his publishers commented.

Prior to submitting his work, McQueer was already publishing his work on the long-form writing platform, Medium.

He had generated thousands of followers on Twitter, a community that 404 Ink were able to tap into when promoting the book.

One of their tactics included encouraging Twitter users to Photoshop images of Hings into pop culture pictures.

404 Ink are known for their innovative approach to promoting books online, and were nominated for a Creative Edinburgh Award on Monday.