10 fun questions on literary Edinburgh





This picture was taken right beside the entrance to an Edinburgh street used as the title of an Ian Rankin novel.  Name the street/book.

Scottish surgeon, Joseph Bell, taught at Edinburgh University and was the inspiration for a famous detective created by Edinburgh-born author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Name the character.

Author Daphne Du Maurier and her family were the inspiration for the Darling family, created by Edinburgh-born author JM Barrie in what book?

What writer is based in Edinburgh but has a series of popular novels set in Africa?

This year (2018) marks 100 years since the birth of an author whose childhood in Edinburgh provided the inspiration for her most famous book, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.  Who is she?

Greyfriars Kirkyard is the last resting place of many Edinburgh residents including a Mr Tom Riddle, a famous author used it for help when creating character names.  Who was she?

The author of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde didn’t want to be remembered with a statue, but wound up with one anyway.  Who was he?

Edinburgh is the only place in the world to have a railway station named after a novel.  What’s it called?

Opposite the station, there’s a (huge) monument to the writer of the novel.  Who was he?

Scotland’s most famous poet was born on 25th January 1759 and his birthday is still celebrated today.  Who was he?


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Fleshmarket Close
Sherlock Holmes
Peter Pan
Alexander McCall Smith
Muriel Spark
J. K. Rowling
Robert Louis Stevenson
Waverley Station
(Sir) Walter Scott
Robert Burns

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