In this post I will be focusing on “Edinburgh Castle at Dusk” by Emilia Bruce.
Not so much the castle itself, but Edinburgh as a city is a bubbling hub of literary brilliance. Every year it hosts the World’s biggest book festival which draws in people from all walks of life. Many well-known authors were born in Edinburgh such Arthur Conan Doyle who created the literary world’s favourite detective, Sherlock Holmes. Poet Norman Alexander MacCaig and Robert Louis Stevenson famous for Treasure Island and The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was also from Edinburgh however, Scottish author Sir Walter Scott boasts the biggest presence in the city as the main train station was named after his 1814 historical novel Waverley and even there’s even a monument dedicated to him which is labelled as the “largest monument to a writer in the world” and can be found in Princes Street Gardens.
In terms of modern authors, Ian Rankin (the UK’s best-selling crime writer) set his Inspector Rebus detective series in Edinburgh and stated his reason for doing so by saying “I started writing novels while an undergraduate student, in an attempt to make sense of the city of Edinburgh, using a detective as my protagonist.”
There are many bars and cafés that literature lovers can visit to feel closer to some of their favourite authors. For example, Spoon Café Bistro (now called Nicolson’s Café) and The Elephant House became a great work space for J.K.Rowling to work on those phenomenal Harry Potter books.