Drop-in event Adults

Once-A-Month Shared Reading and Creative Writing

  • Wednesdays: 20 June; 15 August; 19 September; 17 October; 21 November; 16 January; 20 February; 20 March 10:30am-12noon

Free drop-in event


Every third Wednesday of the month, Open Book will be reading aloud and discussing passages of fiction, non-fiction and poetry linked to works of art from the collection. This will then be used as inspiration for a short writing exercise. There is no need to read or prepare anything in advance. Each session is facilitated by a Lead Reader from Open Book.

William Patrick Roberts A Reading of Poetry (or Woman Reading) 1965 © The Estate of John David Roberts

Gallery facilities

In order to protect our vulnerable works of art from any kind of accidental damage we kindly ask all visitors to either carry their rucksack/backpack by hand or place it in a locker.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Getting here

Located in the city centre on Queen Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is easy to access.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

Our Friends

Our Friends

Friends of the Galleries get free unlimited entry to all exhibitions, and enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits including early exhibition access, special events and 10% discount in our cafes.

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