Message from the Skies

A short story by Val McDermid will be told through projections onto buildings & landmarks in Edinburgh this New Year.

Message from the Skies

About Message from the Skies

New Year's Resurrection

See Edinburgh in a brand new light this New Year! Take a literary journey through the city, and read a new story, New Year's Resurrection, by leading Scottish writer Val McDermid told through projections onto Edinburgh’s buildings and landmarks.

Free event, no ticket required

In the first UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and Edinburgh International Book Festival have commissioned Val McDermid to write a short story that will be told through projections onto buildings and landmarks around Edinburgh. McDermid will collaborate with dramaturg, Philip Howard, Edinburgh based projection company Double Take Projections and some of Scotland’s best soundscape artists to bring the story to life.

Message from the Skies runs from New Year’s Day to Burns Night.

Explore the city as you read, moving from location to location to discover the next part of the story. Each building or landmark is its own chapter, so you can enjoy the whole story in one evening or over a period of time.

Our accompanying app will translate the story into different languages and an audio description will be available for visually impaired visitors.

Commissioned and presented by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Produced by Underbelly and Pearlfisher, in partnership with Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

Funded by Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals EXPO fund.

Important Info

​The starting point will be revealed in December 2017.

The projections will run daily from 1 to 25 January, from dusk (times to be confirmed) until 10pm.

As this is an outdoor walking event in winter, please dress comfortably and for the weather.

Photo Credit: Double Take Productions

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Message from the Skies are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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