Edinburgh Summer School 2024

Edinburgh: City of Literature

This course explores the rich literary heritage of Edinburgh, the first UNESCO City of Literature.

Examine the work of some of the city's most celebrated local literary talents, as well as the work of writers who have found the city conducive and influential to their creativity. We shall read a wide variety of texts from the 18th Century to present day and consider the common themes which emerge as well as exploring these writers' presence in the city through manuscript collections and objects in the museums, collections and the local environment. 


Key information


Subject Literature
Teaching fellow Anthony McKibbin
Credit level SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
Credits 10 SCQF (Find out more about studying for credit here)

Our credit-bearing courses are only available to applicants aged 18 years or over. Applicants should have at least 1 year of undergraduate study experience.

Language requirements Applicants should meet the minimum English language requirements in order to fully benefit from, and engage with, Summer School courses. Your English language ability must be equivalent to, or above, 6.5 IELTS overall with 5.5 in each component.
Dates 03 July-14 July 2023
Length 2 weeks
Contact hours 35
Course fee £1900
Application deadline 17 May 2023 (17:00 - BST)
Combined Study

Did you know that you also have the option of attending this course in combination with another of our “Edinburgh” courses? The available combinations for this course are: Edinburgh: City of Literature & City of History OR Edinburgh: City of Literature & City of Inspiration. If you wish to apply for combined study, you must specify this in your application by selecting your preferred combined option. Please note that the option of combined study will depend on availability.


Teaching fellow

Anthony McKibbin has been teaching at the Centre for Open Learning (COL) for almost twenty years, specialising in film studies and literature. His work has been published in various magazines and journals, including Cencrastus, Edinburgh Review, Studies in French Cinema, and Senses of Cinema. Born in London but brought up in Scotland, he has lived in Edinburgh for much of his life and before joining COL he taught English as a foreign language for several years. For more information about his work and extensive portfolio see tonymckibbin.com.  





Edinburgh: City of Literature

Subject area: Humanities