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Canongate hashtag competition

Can you sum up the spirit of the area in a hashtag to win a fantastic prize?

Jun 26, 2014

Scotland in a nutshell? Where would you go in Edinburgh to find that? A place that unites politics, palaces and poetry? Science, economics, and art? Not to mention great shopping opportunities? And all within walking distance of each other? The Canongate and Holyrood comprise one of Edinburgh’s most fascinating areas, a World Heritage Site rich in history and characters. Now its institutions and shops have come together to celebrate the many places to enjoy locally. And you could win a prize if you can think up a Twitter hashtag that sums up the spirit of the area.

Visit Canongate and Holyrood and within minutes you can walk from Arthur’s Seat to Our Dynamic Earth; the Scottish Parliament to Palace of Holyroodhouse; from the Queen’s Gallery to the Scottish Poetry Library. Legends have lived here whose footsteps can still be heard to echo:

  • ‘The Father of Modern Geology’ James Hutton found evidence that the world was much older than previously thought by examining Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park. His work laid the groundwork for Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Today, science centre Our Dynamic Earth honours Hutton’s landmark work mere minutes from where he made his discoveries.

  • Adam Smith, the Enlightenment thinker whose work forms the foundation of modern economics, lived in Panmure House for 12 years. Today his home is an A-listed building where the world’s leading economists come to debate his legacy.

  • The poet Robert Fergusson is buried in the Canongate Kirkyard. His mastery of the Scots language proved to be the greatest influence on Scotland’s National Poet Robert Burns, who in 1787 paid for a stone to honour Fergusson’s unmarked grave. A statue of Fergusson now stands outside the Kirk, just across the road from the Scottish Poetry Library, one of the few poetry libraries in the world housed in a purpose-built as well as award-winning home.

We want your ideas for a Twitter hashtag that the various shops and institutions can use, the better to promote the Canongate and Holyrood. It must be no more than 20 characters long and capture something of the area’s unique character. And there is a bumper prize for the winner too which includes:

  • a family ticket to Our Dynamic Earth.

  • a Scottish Poetry Library goodie bag.

  • a tour of the Scottish Parliament.

  • a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

  • a selection of shortbread from Pinnies and Poppy Seeds.

Entries must be received by Friday 4 July. Send entries to reception@spl.org.uk.

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