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Join us for the Launch of Edinburgh: Singing the City, a collection of poetry inspired by Edinburgh and its citizens by Christine De Luca.

Edinburgh: Singing the City is the latest publications from the Saltire Society’s Saltire Series which sees invited individuals spark fresh thinking, ignite debate and challenge our orthodoxies.

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Christine De Luca has had six collections of poetry in English and Shetlandic published. The Shetland Library brought out the first three in 1995, 1997 and 2002. Two further collections were published in 2005 and 2010 by Luath Press. Dat Trickster Sun, published by Mariscat Press in 2014, was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets. Featured in many anthologies, her poems have four times in recent years been selected for the twenty Best Scottish Poems of the Year, an online anthology selected for the Scottish Poetry Library. De Luca’s poetry has been translated into other languages, including a bilingual Selected, Mondes Parallèles, (editions federop, 2007) which won the poetry Prix du Livre Insulaire. Trauben published an Italian Dat Trickster Sun as Questo sole furfante in Italian, 2015. An Icelandic Selected bi-lingual edition will be published in 2017 and a Norwegian one in 2018. She has read at festivals and events in Norway, Finland, Iceland, France, Italy, Canada, Russia and India. In turn she enjoys translating other poets into Shetlandic.

Commissions have led to fruitful collaborations across the arts, most recently with jazz musician Tommy Smith and with traditional fiddler Catriona Macdonald. She has been an active member of Shore Poets in Edinburgh for many years. Her first novel came out in 2011. As one of the founders of Hansel Co-operative Press, established to promote literary and artistic work in Shetland and Orkney, she has written dialect stories for different age groups and is active in encouraging Shetland children to have confidence in their mother tongue.

She was appointed Edinburgh’s poet laureate (Makar) for 2014–2017.

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