In October 2015 OneCity Trust hosted a dinner in Edinburgh’s City Chambers to celebrate the work of the Trust and to raise funds for further grant-making.
Photos courtesy of Lloyd Smith Photography and Film
Virgin Money London Marathon
In April 2015 the Lord Provost, the Rt Hon Donald Wilson, ran the London Marathon to raise money for the OneCity Trust and the Jamie Skinner Foundation. He raised over £6,000 by successfully completing the course. These funds will be split equally between the two causes, with the OneCity Trust portion going to the Lord Provost’s Rapid Action Fund.
The OneCity Trust is proud to have sponsored the prestigious Edinburgh Lectures Series 2014. Richard Holloway delivered the Trust lecture, “Creating an Inclusive City”, in May 2014.
Created to promote awareness of social justice: sold to raise funds for projects tackling social exclusion
Scotland’s capital city enjoys immense international prestige for its cultural and artistic excellence, but it is also a city of stark contrasts. Edinburgh is the inspiration for this humorous and imaginative short story collection from three of its finest contemporary writers.
Alexander McCall Smith, Ian Rankin and Irvine Welsh offer radically different takes on Edinburgh life: a homesick biologist from Delhi comes to a startling conclusion; two Homeless World Cup players become entangled in a magical world of illusion; and tiger-related mayhem breaks out in Murrayfield.
J.K. Rowling introduces these intriguing perspectives with a thoughtful account of her move to Edinburgh and her life there. ’I am proud to live here, and proud that my home city is committed to becoming a more inclusive place. OneCity Trust seeks to unify: I cannot think of a better goal, for Edinburgh, Scotland or the world.’
All proceeds from the book will go to the OneCity Trust, which campaigns for social justice in Edinburgh.
A girl discovers a magical world of storytelling beneath a secret trapdoor in Muirhouse Library. An ancient piper emerges from the sea at Portobello, to challenge the City Council. Three hapless witches circle above the Old Town, failing to do good deeds. And at school, a bully is tricked into taking the blame for a crime he didn’t commit.
Familiar and fantastical, comic and thought-provoking. Our City brings together ten of Scotland’s top children’s writers, with specially commissioned stories inspired by Edinburgh. Our City is published in support of the OneCity Trust, Edinburgh’s leading social inclusion charity. The Trust’s ambassadors include Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh and Alexander McCall Smith, and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh is a member of the Trust’s Board.
The launch of Our City saw Edinburgh schools taking part in an ‘Our City Day’ of creative writing activities with the contributing authors. Edinburgh actor James Mckenzie, known to children as the character ‘Raven’ of the popular children’s television programme, was the special celebrity guest on the day, and also wrote the book’s introduction.
When it was suggested that the next book should be an anthology of crime stories, we decided to do something a little different and approached an eclectic range of authors from the Scottish crime writing community, and from far beyond, to see if they would like to write a new story, set in Edinburgh, and featuring a crime. The result is an astonishing line-up, showcasing some of the very best contemporary writers. The contributors each responded differently – some comically, some politically, some historically – but all unexpectedly.
It is often said that crime fiction holds a mirror up to society; and what we see when we look at Edinburgh is a city full of beauty and potential, but divided by inequality. The OneCity Trust is committed to tackling the poverty that causes exclusion – the poverty of resources, of expectation, of opportunity, of care and understanding – by funding grass-roots projects which empower individual communities to work for social justice. One of the great benefits of literature is that it can open our eyes to lives beyond the narrow compass of our own, and expand our sympathies for those on the margins.