Magical goings on in Edinburgh this January


Our iconic Edinburgh pub has had a surprise name change for January to support Edinburgh as the first UNESCO city of literature. As if by magic the Conan Doyle has been rebranded in honour of another legendary author… J.K. Rowling

As a UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and Edinburgh International Book Festival have commissioned the celebrated and bestselling Scottish crime writer Val McDermid to write a brand new short story “New Year’s Resurrection” which resurrects Susan Ferrier and Muriel Spark and champions women writers.

This will be told through dazzling projections onto Edinburgh’s buildings and landmarks around the city. Locals and visitors alike will see Edinburgh in a brand-new light.

Val McDermid has collaborated 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 is a literary journey through Edinburgh running from 1st -25th  January.

As a great Edinburgh institution named after one of the most famous authors of all time, the team at Conan Doyle were approached to be a part of this event to help promote not only this event but also Edinburgh’s role as a UNESCO city of literature in order to stimulate discussion and awareness of great authors of the present and past.

This is something we are delighted to do for the month of January by temporarily altering our name to the J.K. Rowling. That said, internally we still celebrate our association with the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

An exploration of the city, moving from location to location, to discover the next part of the story. Each building or landmark has its own chapter, the whole story can be enjoyed in one evening or over a period of time.

For more information and to enjoy the event itself visit Edinburgh's Hogmanay - Message From The Skies or download the free app available on Apple and Android.

Visit us for yourself this month to see it for yourself