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NEXT SALON: University Challenge Salon

Tuesday the 27th of February, 2024, 7pm, Live and on Zoom 


No, it’s not a tricky TV Quiz: for our February Salon we’re opening a discussion on Creative Writing courses offered by our universities.

It’s not surprising that plenty of people who have passed through the Literary Salon over the years have studied Creative Writing at some level. Several folk on the Steering Group (our volunteers who keep the Salon going) have studied on the courses offered by the Open University, and we often have attendees from the post-graduate courses offered at Edinburgh Napier University, from the University of Edinburgh, and others.


We’re delighted to welcome back a firm friend and regular attendee of our Salons, Catherine Simpson, author of Truestory, and two memoirs, When I Had a Little Sister and One Body. Catherine has also contributed to our two anthologies, so after we’ve had a little chat about that project, we’ll begin a discussion with another member of our Steering Group and anthology contributor, Stuart Johnstone.

Stuart is a crime writer, and his debut novel Out in the Cold, was published in 2020, followed by two more since, and several short stories.


To add to the discussion, we’re pleased to welcome another good friend of the Salon, Caitlin Stobie, who will give a perspective on tutoring Creative Writing at the University of Leeds, where she is Programme Leader for the BA English Literature with Creative Writing. We hope to have an open debate on the opportunities and challenges of learning, with input from the audience – both in the room and on Zoom.


We’ll be at The Outhouse again, and after the usual drinks reception from 6.30, we’ll livestream the discussion on Zoom at 7pm, lasting around 35 minutes.


How it works...
6.30: Doors Open – drinks reception in the Function Room at the Outhouse  
6.50: Open the Zoom meeting (details are emailed to all ticket-holders)
7.00: Welcome, and introduction to Catherine Simpson
7.10: Discussion with Stuart Johnstone and Caitlin Stobie
7.35: Notes of Interest and Information

Registration for the event can be found on Eventbrite.


It is free to register for all of our events. We invite donations for the glass of wine, or encourage people to buy us a coffee to help fund our work. If you can’t afford to donate, you are still welcome. Our two anthologies are on sale here, and books will be available to purchase on the night. We look forward to seeing you in person or in the zoom-room.


Accessibility Notice


Edinburgh Literary Salon is open to all those with an interest in all aspects of Literature, whether professional or personal, and to all parts of the industry: writers, publishers, booksellers etc. All are welcome, and events have free registration. While we aim to hold some events at accessible venues, our regular salon is in an upstairs room at The Outhouse. For this reason, we aim to livestream most events. If there is a problem accessing zoom, we will do what we can to assist. We strive to ensure adequate audibility, and straightforward registration. We invite positive feedback on how we can improve, even within our limitations as a non-funded organisation. We welcome open conversation.

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