We’re delighted to be part of Citizen,  a new long-term  creative programme working in partnership with the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Brunton Theatre. The project aims to give a voice to communities, offering local residents an opportunity to explore their connection to each other and their relationship to their local area, looking at how local conversations are heard or echoed on a national or global level.

Eleanor Thom has been appointed as the Citizen Community Writer-in-Residence and will be working through North Edinburgh Arts with people living and working in the North of the city as well as in partnership with WHALE Arts Agency (Wester Hailes) and Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre (Moredun).  Eleanor, a novelist (The Tin-Kin) and short form fiction writer, will be meeting regularly with local people from a variety of backgrounds and of all ages to hold creative conversations about what being a citizen today means. Eleanor will work with writers, musicians, illustrators and other artists to inspire local residents to tell their stories of life in Muirhouse and surrounding areas, and share their views on community, home and their relationship to the wider world.

Citizen is part of Edinburgh International Book Festival On The Road, a series of events and activities around Scotland throughout the year.  For more news and updates about the project, please visit