Writers' Museum Edinburgh

Writers' Museum Edinburgh Located within the 17th century Lady Stair’s House, the
Writers' Museum is dedicated to the lives and work of
Scotland’s great literary figures.

Particular attention is given to Robert Burns,
Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Encompassing 13 varied and fascinating venues across the city, Museums & Galleries Edinburgh offer a unique glimpse of Edinburgh’s world-famous history, architecture and its people throughout the years to surprise both residents and visitors alike.

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Sir Walter Scott's childhood home at 25 George Square. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was to live only a couple of doors away a ...

Sir Walter Scott's childhood home at 25 George Square. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was to live only a couple of doors away a century later. #WritersMuseum #LiteraryEdinburgh 📷John Welsh


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Lady Stair's House, Lady Stair's Close, Lawnmarket

Lothian buses numbers 23 24 27 41 42 45 67 to the mound then a two minute walk. Trains to Waverley Station (named after Sir Walter Scott's iconic novel) then a six minute walk.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00


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Strangers 1 While waiting for a bus, I saw a man-or should i say a weird man, he’s dancing like a robot and he really doesn’t care about other people laughing at him. He just disregard every thing around him despite his cranky actions, but he do has a solace aura that made him a little human. I walk towards him and asked, “Why are you dancing HERE?” He stopped and just looked at me and seconds later, he danced once again. “Ugh, Is he some kind of an alien?” I whispered, the bus stopped then i started to go inside. I chose the one that has two seats at the very back of the bus and sit beside the window. I was about to close my eyes when- “Excuse me miss, mind if i sleep with you?” Ugh, It’s the weird dancing guy at the bus stop. I was in total shock when he asked THAT. When i came back to my senses, I faced the man and look at those two blank eyes of him “What did you just said? Sleep? Hah! are you out of your mind?” I bursted out but he just chuckled and sit beside me. What he did made me furious like I really wanted to slap, punch, kick and everything just to release this raging heat inside of me. I was about to utter a word when he put his index finger onto my lips to shut me up and said something that made my body frozen “Shhh, stop the nonsense you’re talking about miss, I’m not like the other guys who would rape someone in the bus, ok?” he chuckled once again “And just to clear things up with you, I’M NOT AN ALIEN.” He said those words while slowly approaching his head onto mine that made my eyes widened. “Don’t make your eyes too wide open coz you look like a monster” Is it just me or I’m just damn paranoid because he’s really creepy now. “Wait! Wait! Wait! , why are talking to me now? Why didn’t you answer my question when you’re dancing at the bus stop? And what’s with the sleep-with-me thing you’re talking about earlier? If you’re not an alien then what are you? Some kind of a weird psycho dancing robot construction thing?” He smiled “Ah that..” he smiled as If reminiscing the moment, i want to asked him why made that face but i remained silent instead “I thought you’re going to sleep here because you’re about to close your eyes, so to make it fun i asked that question instead of asking if i can sit with you..” he chuckled, AGAIN. “And I didn’t fail, thanks to your funny reactions” I smiled, he’s a nice guy after all but he’s still weird. “I asked many but you only answered one question. Why?” He just smiled and answered. “You don’t have to know everything” And as the bus stop, he stand up and started to walk leaving me dumbfounded. Those words may be creepy but those words made my frozen heart beat again.
If You Dare Don’t venture into this town at night if you wish to make it to morn’, ghosts lurking on every corner will look at you with great scorn. For this is Edinburgh’s Royal Mile scary stories are told by the dozen, go and visit the many locations of your mind they will leave you frozen. What about dear little Annie still mourned in Mary King’s Close, living her life in such squalor life was anything but grandiose. Don’t go down to Niddry Street you’ll see ghosts of Burke and Hare, their reputation so unspeakable you may wish to say a prayer. The pinnacle at the top of the Mile is of course the ancient Castle, don’t think you’ll be safe in there this place may cause you much hassle. If you do venture onto the Mile at night best visit St Giles Cathedral, at least you will be on holy ground consecrated, but quite medieval. Lorraine Gilmour Lorraine’s poems Photograph taken by Glenn McNaughton The Land Called Scotland Title - Dark Mile Edinburgh
The Writers' Museum is one of my favourite places in Edinburgh. The beautiful architecture tells such a great story. My acrylic painting is for sale with free delivery in Edinburgh! Message for enquiries.
January sunshine.
This weekend, Roslin Glen plays host to Robert Burns, recounting his tale of Tam O'Shanter and his miraculous escape from Auld Nick and a coven of witches, who he encounters on his way home from the Inn. https://www.facebook.com/pg/esotericaphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1626481254153342
Very interesting.
https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2019/02/new-print-studio-for-edinburgh-printmakers-at-castle-mills/ National Library of Scotland Edinburgh Central Library Edinburgh World Heritage
https://www.facebook.com/413532898775878/posts/1870285406433946/ 125 years ago today, S.R.Crockett was giving The Immortal Memory at Scottish Metropolitan Club Burns Supper... here's an excerpt.. (Galloway Raiders members can read the whole thing) www.gallowayraiders.co.uk
Detective Trickier's Oratorio Gain'star's Dark Hip-Hop CiRCuS _Word Art that includes Boxers. For Boxers and Writers Only. & CLownS ...This goes along with any of my post most popular about.. Peculiarly: The Ulliuer's Lists of the Earlier's Rest in&of PhysiCs, Optic's and/or Tricks-with/noSignS-of-Tracks! (?}{YPno/Ts¡ks?)(4Demini.Thus4.) ...I don't mind critics, They are like- 'HouR' lettuce... ash 'Nd' + aas n ol' cLoWn saying goes... ... Im still an excellent: (single headed Ringleader Detective CLoWN that looks like I have 3 heads due to my maniacle personality)- I'm a Ringleader 1st- I'm also a detective named TrickiEr. nicknamed: (RicHocHeTTe _WyNd-Up) becuZ- IT ALWAYS LOOKS LIKE MY HEAD IS BEING SLOWED DOWN BETwEEN A PING PONG table and the PaddLe (MINUS the ping pong stuff: just MY head) (always carrying on a great - three/one- sided_conversation with myself at all Times) even while speaking to others and always having a great conversation. I'M A ringleader 1st /in all other woRds/ wOrds/ big and little WORDS/ Magic Words/ (or/and-and-and/or) words, words, and more WoRDS!. Plus, I'm the worst "WOrD" !) by Xristos A. Genius ((.( .(rRaspberRy)°.* ))'.)' '.' 'Look,... iT'S.!... ... ¡T's... ,¡T's... ...Barnum and Bailey '> . {¿!¡h.u,h¿i|} , Huh?!: (schkidattLlllleLeLleLrrrrattle.(Poof!).(pooF!).(poOf)., 'PooF!' Smoke and LEAVES ploom- WHEN THEIR eyes scroLL- zZOOoooooMmm). for, When BEiNG a Ringling Bro. Meant Things Were Getting 2 Personal. EaR!LY! Demented ..DocToR iT.? Good Lawyer stuff, plus, Hard QUESTIONs like with lots of ANDS & time's. and (Don'T ParDon' MEeee!?) introducing Poetry about an Apostrophe... ...Because, what's a creepy fairytale circus without possession. And.. "Fond'of free low fly'¡ng commas?" PooF==*D,';',_^(=' ^'') _____ [1] -Possession- _F. Peng shui - tion_ and _'S' an Apostrophe_ See Also - position ( Po 'ss' e 'ss' ion ) ______ [2] -"Boxing" Joey "Boom-Box" Bam- 'Boxing' Joey 'Boom-Box' can bang boxes blue like only a joey 'could.' Sometimes boxing boxes until they 'BLaM' We know how to count the boxes boxed and bLammed by Joey 'Boom-Box' Bam as he bounces boxes off his hands; but, How many of the boxes that "Boom-Box"'s boxed is Joey going to bLam? He's going through ALL of the boxes sides - and their ends. _______ [3] -8th grade S's- A Horror Story "Metros 'The Good Troll''s bells are tolling; let's scroll!" & "ReSPEcTiVe goals'rE what's^up!" 8th gr. yr. ________ [4] -A Greater Road Runner- i saw a roadrunner in my front yard eating seed with the rest of the birds, bragging. I think I'm gonna call it.. - "Marvelous" Marvin Benson - The Greater Roadrunner. Boy, I hope it's a guy bird with a name like that. If not, if it's a lady bird... "'Merry Margery Margaret' Margerie Benton Henson Hinton Henrietta Marshall Marshall R. Parks- Benson". She always wanted a long name; Marvelous would be her spouse. I once, saw the showy bird hop over a two-foot fence. iT cleared the rickety thing in a single Bounce; ...then the bird bragged again. ______ [5] -The culprit Alvida A. Worse- Alvida is usually the one who runs when the gig is UP. one foot in her Grave feelings, one foot in her cup. yup, i caught up with ol'Worse yesterday. Seeming as it may, today, she hasn't got 'A' ceiling; and, sHe still doES'nt give 'A' "f###"! ,,***. ( HAu! HAu! HAu! ) ___________ [6] -Which S- "Which 'Witch-'S'' went to which "Witch-'S'"'s layers? I bet that's where my skuLL is!" or "Which 'S'es went to which "Witch 'S'"'s layers; i'll bet that's where my souL is!" ___________ [7] -Boxing Sass- "'Boxing' Joey '"Boom'-'Box"''s 'S''s 'es' and sass 'and,' "'and'-'and'," "'and'-'and'-'and'," and "'and'-'BLam!'!" _____________ [8] -Badder Betty- Bad as a biker bringing back bigger Betty's bodacious boat of a big black bike and books. _____________ [9] -Team: Saint Pat's- or [- 'Hyper E' stunting -N' Jocking -] Earl Watson You're Not soul Son... The coolest cat to grill and not go Sun. hEre he.hah ha- Hha Ha ! as is He's the First to chill And the First to chum green when it comes to one First Rung Frontin What's the options? Red tears ? Lies? poison? prison? poise-on? or just - ON? your boy is in a prism Or a kNot ~eh~ 'oy I don't hear hum for reasons Just -izms from Frier Fett shired Buyer of a higher debt Admiring my ease, And..he's the liar "The tWinKy" Fired sitting down for Treason Trialing kids And Un-Fit Likely to Ease-in Lots 4 hire- squirrelly. Squires over one cent An entire rat \ you're hE. . ..Pail indeed.. . and I wont confide in Him, Or abroad, again Trying to protect the dire- if your the D... ... The diocese was left unscathed Amen! Like no other M.c. will i- ig.nore the dead E. brought tHe gun tried a bit 2 get me 2 kill a random kit 2 ~A lamb~ ¡ehem! Ahab , Again With Those BAD Habits And....DAmN Et tu The pistol was SiDeWaYS He said "here, it has a broken firing pin" I said, "here, it was your, i.dea" ..and Save. he looked like he never fired iT What I did was show him 'Higher' then Then Like a choir could For a Little bit As only i can, Again Again And again Only now, with iron e. See, he shouldn't have asked If he couldn't or wouldn't. After He didn't kill the cat implying and as if to ask 'will he? Or 'will e. freeze', or iS -to kill- A factor 4 me. Cuz it isn't. I kept a poker face. He missed on purpose. There was a difference One joke about me being a good Christian And e. Ran away My cat would have stayed Save again. When he left he looked nervous He felt he lost his chance to be a better E. than me. And At a higher rank As I caught them all admiring 'Me' again. _____________ [10] -Banks Bucking Bammer- Banks Bucking Bammer may have to take off his glasses before taking lessons from a classic. My words hit like steal toes I'll Tag a tongue for rights when you go for wise And keel Why's and Hammer I know Fly like flies know 'M' cheese a pea's mind is always on stammer You're M.c.'s Try y don't they have stamina Oh, my ?! And what am I to do well, next, but Add iT up. _________________________ [11] -Mystery Morest - After going to some circa hospitals I met a few circus freaks in the first place!. none 2 New knew 2 rich which non owned their known names! i kept a poker face One did call itself out as 'Killjoy' after terrible reasoning/oning/oning n questioning/oning//... ... (I thought he was brad pit) (I snapped at his heels many times (once) quickly and I honked about on its big red nose (twice\quickly),once.) another was a character I'd have 2 have called 'Terrified.' (she was scared of me therae time, so I kept terrifying her and times many ways) the third character was (fat & acted as if she were spoiled and a young girl but was really old) and she held a mystery I unlocked. she had no name just two Dank spaces, i swear it. Upon unlocking the mystery of the golden orb, I called the later mystery the-mystery-that-mattered-most 'Mystery(?) Morest (x?)' (full of gold mysteries/(time's times 2's) & (time's question marks) ,and such thus far) but first..., she was an excellent Source plus a Character Bar. which u may have to watch for because though she may give u a man; she may give you many more. She now has *Less (*control issues) and so you may. UNLESS u CAN control WAY moRe like you can control her wieGHt-est.? I was there as a witness when the later 3 became freaks, for THEM lying under oath- (when i was young) directly to a contract i WitNessEd signed. i-feel I-found time to'help-her-out-of-their bind presently and closed it, when iT mattered most. That's when i Also gladly took the baby giant that Morest had GRABBING AROUND her throat. . Mystery Morest held a CHARACTER mystery till someone qualified came along and it was ( me ) again. 30 years or so, later. WITH her Giant BEHAVIOR. AND no one to GO figure or guess! WHO MATTERED TO HER or who matters morished?. CUZ SHE FORGETS.. i needed a test dummy to see the next that judged the strength of mysteries from Mystery's Forest so I used the next averaged best and he went bats so2 help- i bEgged him to be EgoR X. I did that to spare him FROM the MYsery of the morest's madness and to unscramble my mess (quickly) once. EgoR X can travel amongst many a dark space Then i built Mystery Morest a door so to squeak so to speak before intruders hoard-in, and she'd balance her gifts as a mystery. Distorted. It was approved..because of EgoR X. to me, it was worth the mysery... after she kept-in her arm and when-I-asked her to let me see her hand. I waved my hand around hers and helped her pull her hand (out) OF Her HIP!, as if she were stuck there. She was holding a (golden mystery) (orb) that she immediately gave me, to call 'what I want', that (she tried to use on an unsuspecting (ringleader)ing (my Teacher), when signing a contract. of ((his.) good grief. I WAS THERE) i WITNEssed it.) She was going to blow his show-stuff-up-up and out-of-proportion. now 'I own-that-trick' and '-i-will, try-to-own--that-trick' to-deal with-the proportions and size's of all situations THAT I get- in too. I called the trick "h'Out2'fproportion"or "how out 2 of proportion R u". Leaving u 2ask ,well, how well out of proportion am i?/ do Things get?- Before I was a maniac ringleader with no personality now I know some characters available to my circus and they'RE plus 1's for (((mY UmbRella) personalities or CIRCUS) )) still no sign of my missing clowns though... _______ ___________ music by Detective Trickier -Smurf Song- for those that could not get their lalala's correct.. lalalala, coughmhm ! teqnicolonglonk wela lala: la la... . "Technicolonglonk wela-lala" is what i wrote out to say before and when ever i sing the smurf's theme song because it leaves me on the correct breath. People always forget how that song goes. -ississippi MUD- There is an old tune that guitar players love starting their song battling with and it was not titled when I was a youngster. a tune that always starts banjo battles. never had a name, i'd liked to call it.. "Ississippi Mud" for the same reason that i use technicolonglonkwela lala and the smurf song together. The words -Ississippi Mud- leaves the person on the correct breath and you can remember how the battle song goes with more confidence. -'iSSISSIPPI Mud'- and. d d d d/d d/d d/d d __________________________________ Detective Trickier's (Mania) Teaser my Question: Is is a question like who, what, when, where, why, and how? my Response: Is has multiple meanings so that maybe why iT is excluded, maybe.