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Reading the Street: An Old Town Poetry Tour

  • Scottish Poetry Library 5 Crichton's Close Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 8DT United Kingdom (map)

Weaving through courtyards, kirkyards and vennels, hear poems about Edinburgh past and present written by residents, tourists and those who visited only in imagination, including Robert Burns, Victor Hugo and the great anon. The city has inspired tragic ballads and heartfelt lovesongs, poems celebrating its dramatic beauty and poems attacking its grey narrow-mindedness. Ken Cockburn has led poetry walks on the Royal Mile since 2007.

‘An excellent tour for both the historian and the poetry lover: Ken is a brilliant guide… book yourself a tour – you won’t regret it!’ (

Tickets range from £8 - £36 and are available from the Eventbrite page.

Floating the Woods by Ken Cockburn