Edinburgh City of Literature Trust
The City of Literature Trust is an independent company and charity in Edinburgh that runs reading and writing projects, and through the work of their Founding Trustees, secured Edinburgh’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature.
Over the years the Trust’s activities have ranged from high profile citywide reading campaigns to one-day spectaculars honouring famous authors; from international exchanges to local residencies; and from one-off conferences to monthly Literary Salons.
The Trust and their partners are currently developing a new Literature House for Scotland as part of an expanded Literary Quarter in the Netherbow area of the Royal Mile. This unique new centre will provide a comprehensive interpretation, education and information point, providing a gateway into Scotland’s rich and diverse literary story.
Their Creative Informatics Challenge Project focussed on designing a new immersive visitor experience for the Literature House, based in the John Knox House on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile.
Design Consultancy Bright White, in collaboration with Offbeat Studios in Edinburgh, were selected to respond to Edinburgh City of Literature’s Challenge in 2019.
They have created an innovative new platform and workflows to enable incredible spatial audio experiences that will be trialled in the Literature House in 2021. As a direct result of undertaking testing during lockdown, Bright White are also exploring a domestic version of this product that could offer highly immersive sound experiences to users at home.