National tour of famous Edinburgh book sculptures begins

Edinburgh’s mysterious book sculptures will tour Scotland from tomorrow (Friday 17 August) before returning to the capital in November ahead of Book Week Scotland.

The tour, entitled Gifted - The Edinburgh Book Sculptures on Tour 2012, will visit venues in Aberdeen, Dundee, Wigtown, Glasgow, Dunfermline and Edinburgh and is presented by the Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh's UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

The ten intricate sculptures were gifted to literary venues across Edinburgh last year by an anonymous artist, all of which have been photographed by local literary fan Chris Scott.

The eighth sculpture, depicting a gothic street scene, was left to The Writers' Museum and now forms part of the Edinburgh Museums & Galleries collection.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Leisure Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "This will be a fantastic opportunity to see these beautifully crafted paper sculptures that have captivated the public's imagination both in Edinburgh and globally. A national tour is a fitting way to pay tribute to these superb works that have created an intriguing modern day mystery for the capital, the world's first UNESCO City of Literature."

Tour dates:

Aberdeen Central Library: 17 August - 6 September

Dundee Central Library: 7 September - 25 September

Wigtown Book Festival, The Studio: 27 September - 7 October

Mitchell Library, Glasgow: 9 October - 27 October

Dunfermline Carnegie Library: 30 October - 18 November

Scottish Poetry Library: 24 November - Saturday 8 December

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