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The LIbrary of Legends

The Library of Legends is a public art installation that will appear in the centre of Edinburgh from 1-7 November 2023, as part of the To Absent Friends festival.


The Library of Legends is a place where people can go to remember and share stories of people they have lost.  It welcomes anyone who wants to share a story or make art about someone who has died.

Visitors are also welcome just to relax, reflect and explore contributions made by previous visitors.  On hand to help people find their creativity and share their stories will be artists John Martin Fulton and Russell McGovern.  Even if you have no experience or confidence in art they’ll help you find a way to tell the story of your lost loved one if you want to.

drop in

Passersby are welcome to come into the the library, whether to browse the shelves, or to contribute their own story or art work. The Library will be open 10am-4:30pm, 1-7 November. The mystery location of the library will be revealed soon.

pre-book a group visit

1-7 November we'll be running morning art workshops at the Library for community groups who'd like to contribute their stories and artwork. Email: jmfultonart@gmail to book your group visit.

not in edinburgh? we'll come to you.

To discuss the artists coming to your venue for a workshop in October, email: jmfultonart@gmail

send us your stories

We want to fill the library with stories and memories and reminicences of all kinds. Send us your stories, poems, pictures, paintings - anything that you'd like to share - and we'll fill the Library with your Legends. Email: jmfultonart@gmail or post to: Samara Leibner, SPPC, CBC House, 24 Canning Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EG. We need to receive contributions by 23 October 2023. We welcome contributions from individuals or groups.

Find out more here: Library of Legends


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