Colinton Literary Society
The Rev. D. Norman Maclean founded Colinton Parish Church Literary Society (the ‘Lit’) in October 1903 with three Members of the congregation.
They met in a wood and corrugated building in Dreghorn Loan, known as the Old Tin Hall. For more than 100 years the Lit programmes have covered both literary topics and those of general interest across the entire community from whom our membership is drawn.
The Lit has hosted many eminent academics, authors, artists and musicians. In 1911, Sir Ernest Shackleton gave a lecture entitled ‘Furthest South’ and in 2011, Ian Rankin let us into his secrets of crime writing. Our annual programme is based on suggestions made by the Members themselves and proposals for future talks may be handed in to the Secretary at any time.
Our meetings are held in the Dreghorn Loan Hall on Wednesdays between October and March, from 7.30pm when refreshments are served, to the end of the talk at 9.00pm. If you have visitors staying with you, don’t hesitate to bring them along. Membership is currently £10.00 for the entire season with a visitor charge of £3.00 per meeting. Tea, coffee and biscuits or a glass of wine are served from 7.30pm.
The Lit Programme
Owing to the Covid pandemic and uncertainties
as we approach the winter months, the Committee has decided to suspend the Lit for one year.
The Guest Speakers who were due to join us this year have all agreed to postpone their talks until the 2021/2022 season.
The programme will therefore commence in
October 2021 and will be publicised on the village notice boards and also in the Church magazine
prior to our relaunch.
Below is a flavour of the fascinating talks which
will take place when we recommence.