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Inviting people to suggest a useful book and getting individuals to buy copies, they can be put in public spaces like The Blind Poet. The Ragged University project has chosen to buy a bookcase from Greyfriar’s Kirk Grassmarket Community project.

The reasoning is so that the money for the bookcase goes to a good cause, and that it links to the great history of the Ragged Schools as Greyfriar’s Kirk is where the Reverend Thomas Guthrie worked from to champion free education…


Here is the library booklist as it builds……

    How to be an Explorer of the World suggested by Rick Hall
    24th September 2013
    Ragged Library
    As part of the Ragged Library, Rick Hall – Honorary Fellowship at Nottingham University in...
  • Cradle to Cradle
    Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things was recommended by John Morrison
    21st June 2014
    Ragged Library
    As part of the Ragged Library, John Morrison, Lecturer in Digital Media and Interactive...
  • Bilingual Life
    Bilingual: Life and Reality was recommended by Dr Madeleine Beveridge
    19th June 2014
    Ragged Library
    As part of the Ragged Library, Dr Madeleine Beveridge, Research Coordinator for Bilingualism Matters at...
  • My Dream Is To Be Bold
    My Dream Is To Be Bold: Our Work To End Patriarchy suggested by Jane Quin
    4th October 2013
    Ragged Library
    As part of the Ragged Library, Jane Quin, lecturer in Social Justice Education at University of...
    Hope In The Dark suggested by Gordon Asher
    24th September 2013
    Ragged Library
    As part of the Ragged Library, Gordon Asher – University of West of Scotland, University of...
  • Seeing Like a State by James Scott
    Seeing Like a State suggested by Professor James Smith
    19th September 2013
    Ragged Library
    As part of the Ragged Library, Professor James Smith – Chair of African and Development Studies,...

List of Books





Working with the Beltane Beacon for Public Engagement and Edinburgh City of Literature to pilot, the idea is to accumulate a booklist that members of the public are encouraged to buy to be put in social places. Inside the front cover will be included the information of:

  • Who suggested the book
  • What area of life they work in
  • Where they work
  • Who bought the book for the public


 You can contribute by Clicking Here


The bookcase has been made from a pew by Greyfriar’s Kirk Community project and placed in the Blind Poet pub.  If you have a book which you want to put on the shelf, please take it along and put it on the shelf.  Let us know about the donation and we can list it on the website.


1.  Oldenburg, Ray (1989). The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Community Centers, Beauty Parlors, General Stores, Bars, Hangouts, and How They Get You Through the Day. New York: Paragon House. ISBN 978-1-55778-110-9.