Edinburgh audio tour: Edinburgh New Town

About the Tour

On this literary tour, you'll find out about Edinburgh’s most famous classic as well as modern authors. Starting along Princes Street, the dividing line between Old Edinburgh and the New Town, author Andrew Lownie will show you where writers, such as Sir Walter Scott, Stevie Smith or Catherine Sinclair, used to live, drink, and get inspired.

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Andrew Lownie

Andrew Lownie was born in 1961 and was educated in Britain and America. He read history at Magdalene College, Cambridge where he was President of the Union. He went on to gain an MSc at Edinburgh University and spend a year at the College of Law in London. After a period as a bookseller and journalist, he began his publishing career as the graduate trainee at Hodder & Stoughton. In 1985 became an agent at John Farquharson, now part of Curtis Brown, and the following year became the then youngest director in British publishing when he was appointed a director. He set up the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency in 1988. Since 1984 he has written and reviewed for a range of newspapers and magazines, including The Times, Spectator and Guardian, which has given him good journalistic contacts. As an author himself, most notably of a biography of John Buchan and a literary companion to Edinburgh, he has an understanding of the issues and problems affecting writers. He is a member of the Association of Authors' Agents and Society of Authors and was until recently the literary agent to the international writers' organisation PEN. In 1998 he founded The Biographers Club, a monthly dining society for biographers and those involved in promoting biography, and The Biographers' Club Prize which supports first-time biographers. He has a regular advice column in the writing magazine Words with Jam, writes an entry each year on submitting to agents for The Writers Handbook, contributed to The Arvon Book of Life Writing and regularly gives talks on aspects of publishing.

Major Landmarks

  • Princes Street Gardens

  • Scott Monument

  • Melville Monument

Directions to Starting Point

The route starts at Waverley Bridge Street entrance of Princes Mall. It is located at the east end of Princes Street in the City Centre, next to Edinburgh Waverley railway station.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Milnes Bar, Queen Street Gardens, Cornerstone bookstore inside St John's Church

Best time of day

Any time during the day is best, but evening is suitable too.

Precautions

Be careful when you cross roads and watch out for your belongings.

Comments

Interesting and worth doing.

Posted by Heather , over 4 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.