As part of the year-long celebrations, the University is creating a series of exhibitions inspired by English Literature.

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City of Words: Writers, Readers and Critics in Edinburgh

Our central exhibition will tell the fascinating story of how the writing, reading and criticism of literature have been entwined in Edinburgh over the past quarter millennium.

The exhibition will showcase books, letters and other artefacts illustrating the life and work of writers, critics and students involved in the study of literature at the University.

It will also show how this study has been intimately interconnected with the literary life of the city, through diverse contacts between the University and Edinburgh writers, theatres, and publishing houses.

City of Words: Writers, Readers and Critics in Edinburgh3 August - 27 October 2012Ground Floor, Main University Library, George Square
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Visitor Centre Exhibition

The University of Edinburgh Visitor Centre marks the English Literature Department’s 250th anniversary with an exhibition that runs throughout the summer.

As well as facsimiles of some of the attractions coming to the exhibition held in the Main Library in August, you can see the City of Edinburgh’s UNESCO medal, the Storytelling Puppets of Sylvia Troon, and other exhibits that celebrate the history of a department in a remarkable city.

Visitor Centre Exhibition25 May - 9 September 2012University of Edinburgh Visitor Centre, Charles Street
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Beyond Macbeth:Shakespeare Collections in Scotland

An exhibition looking at the Shakespeare collections held by institutions in Scotland, and what the Bard's work means in the Scotland of today.

"Beyond Macbeth" features a rare First Folio edition, and a number of Quartos.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the National Library of Scotland.

Beyond Macbeth: Shakespeare Collections in Scotland9 December 2011 - 29 April 2012National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW
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