Photograph by © Antonia Reeve
Edinburgh was Unesco’s first City of Literature and the Edinburgh City of Literature Trust works with the Book Festival to celebrate this status. One of the ways they do this is through the Story Shop, a daily reading at 4pm by an emerging writer from Edinburgh.
On Friday that writer was Olga Wojtas, a freelance journalist who was one of the winners of this year’s Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards. She read an enchanting and amusing piece called The Study of Philosophy. It followed a student who was leaving Moscow to go and study Philosophy in Paris, only to find himself accosted by a Countess begging him to help her run away from her husband. He was entranced, she was wonderfully dramatic, and after her husband had chased the train down and burst into the compartment brandishing a gun the piece ended with an entertaining summary of the situation from the train conductor.
You can read her short story here.