In the first UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and Edinburgh International Book Festival commissioned Val McDermid to write a short story to be told through projections onto buildings and landmarks around Edinburgh. Val McDermid will collaborate with dramaturg, Philip Howard, Edinburgh based projection company Double Take Projections and Pippa Murphy one of Scotland’s best soundscape artists to bring the story to life.

This chapter of the story was installed in Greyfriars Kirk graveyard throughout January 2018

An audio mix of the title theme tune from the installation. Music and sound design by Pippa Murphy with vocals from Karine Polwart.


Commissioned and presented by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Produced by Underbelly and Pearlfisher, in partnership with Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

Funded by Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals EXPO fund.