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The Rise of Duddingston Festival by Steve Harvey

Over the last five years I have been fortunate enough to spend much of my time, when not travelling, in Duddingston Village…

It is an ancient settlement within a green ring near the edge of Edinburgh: a place with special places – the Kirk, Dr Neil’s Garden, the Sheep Heid (reputedly the oldest pub in Scotland) – all bordered by Arthur’s Seat and Duddingston Loch…In October 2013 I went for a pint with poet John Hegley after a performance in Edinburgh. I asked him if he would come up for an event in Duddingston Village if one was organised and he said, “Yes.”

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