Wikipedia:University of Edinburgh/Events and Workshops/Lost Literary Edinburgh editathon

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University of Edinburgh edit-a-thon


Booking is now open. Come for half a day (morning or afternoon) or stay for the whole day! All welcome. Full training given.

About the event[edit]

Edinburgh has a long literary history, and many famous authors have made the city their setting and subject. But it’s also a place rich in voices and stories which are now just the faintest of echoes around its streets and tenements. The LitLong app and web resource recovers some of these lives and stories, giving them back to the city and its readers. But LitLong users rely on the common store of knowledge built up elsewhere online, so in this event we’ll be adding to that store by creating and improving Wikipedia pages for neglected or overlooked authors in the LitLong database.

We Can Edit

How do I prepare?[edit]


  • 9:30am - 10:00am: Coffee and Tea
  • 10:00 am – 10:15 am: Housekeeping and Welcome
  • 10:15 am – 11:15 am: Wikipedia training
  • 11:15 am – 1:00 pm: EDIT!
  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Break for lunch.
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Wikipedia training.
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: EDIT!
  • 4pm: Close.


List of attendees[edit]

Hit list of articles to be created or improved[edit]

Helpful updates could be as simple as: Making sure reference links are still appropriate and functional; Adding new inline citations/references; Adding a photo; Adding an infobox; Adding data to more fields in an existing infobox; Creating headings; Adding categories; etc.

The following is a small sample of topics to work on. Feel free to come up with your own ideas!

All are welcome to add names to the list which is intended to serve as a basis for creating new articles in this important but somewhat neglected sector on the English Wikipedia.

Articles to be created[edit]

Articles to be improved[edit]


Suggested sources:[edit]

News sources[edit]
Theses databases[edit]

Outcomes - New pages created[edit]

Pages Published[edit]

  1. Christina Jamieson - writer and suffragist from Shetland
  2. Christine Orr - Scottish novelist, playwright, poet, actor, theatre director and broadcaster
  3. Mary Ella Waller - American write and educator
  4. Frances Mary Colquhoun - Scottish writer
  5. Janet Schaw - traveller and diarist
  6. Isabella Moncrieff - Scottish writer (wrote as Martha Blackwood)
  7. Catherine Ray - traveller, writer, teacher, social and political reformer, and the earliest English translator of Ibsen
  8. Sarah Pitt - children's author
  9. Mary D. Rosengarten
  10. Mrs E. H. Thompson
  11. Regi Claire
  12. Annie Elizabeth Nicholson Ireland
  13. Robina F. Hardy

Pages in Draft[edit]

  1. Draft:Mary Clementina Hibbert Ware
  2. Draft:Clara Moyse Tadlock
  3. Draft:Irene Simmonds
  4. Draft:Mrs Gordon
  5. Lucy Yeend Culler
  6. Draft:Norma Bright Carson

Pages Improved[edit]

  1. Henry_Moncrieff-Wellwood_(moderator)
  2. John Stoddart
  3. Alice Thompson
  4. Nancy Brysson Morrison
  5. Willa Muir

What can I do after the event?[edit]

Join us for the event!

You may find these useful if you want to learn further about editing:

External links[edit]

Participants - Sign Up Here![edit]

Prior to the event:

  1. RSVP:
  2. Do you have a Wikipedia User Name?
    No? Create a Wikipedia account
    Yes? Go to Step #2
  3. Sign up! Add your Wikipedia User Name to this section by clicking the blue button below (follow instructions). Your name will be added to the bottom of this page
Don't worry! If you haven't edited Wikipedia before and don't have a Wikipedia User Name yet, we will help you on the day of the event! And remember to have fun!