It was in 1896 that the last Evergreen was published in Edinburgh’s Old Town by Patrick Geddes and colleagues. The Word Bank, with the support of Creative Scotland and the Leverhulme Trust, is launching a new Evergreen as their first publishing venture in October 2014.

The Word Bank recognises the part literature and literary tradition have to play in shaping our communities, both local and national – art creates our sense of the city, and what it means to live in it.

New poetry, fiction, visual art, and essays on social and cultural issues will be presented in four issues of The Evergreen: A New Season in the North over the next two years. Following in the tradition of Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes, the aim once again is to ‘revive local colour’ in Scotland’s capital city and explore how literature and the arts supports community in any locality.