Edinburgh Literary Salon: Cameron Wyllie


While schools are on their autumn half-term break, The Edinburgh Literary Salon be welcoming two of Edinburgh’s leading educationalists to speak at their October Salon.

Tuesday 25th of October, 6pm, Live and on Zoom

We are delighted to have two of the leading voices in Scottish education as our guests this month. Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood and Play is the Way, will be interviewing Cameron Wyllie, Scotsman columnist and former headmaster of George Heriot’s School, on his new book Is there a Pigeon in the Room?

Writers would rarely write as well if we lack the education to put their experiences into words, and it’s only occasionally that we look back at our schooldays and the influence they had on our experiences and abilities. Sue has spoken at the Salon in its previous incarnation, and Cameron has built a loyal readership in the Scotsman with his brilliant articles on the state of Scottish education.

Is there a Pigeon in the Room? is a deeply personal book about Cameron’s 40 years in teaching, with anecdotes and reflections ranging from drugs, sex education and parenting, to tales of noteworthy pupils and teachers, in a career which culminated in his appointment as the Principal of one of Edinburgh’s oldest and most prestigious schools. It’s going to be a fascinating discussion.


As usual, we’ll be at the Outhouse – but for those who can’t be with us in person, we’ll be live-streaming the ‘formal’ section of the evening from 7pm, so everyone can participate. There will be a wine reception, and plenty of time before the presentation begins. We will open the zoom at 6.45 and will welcome our guests at 7pm. Online attendees are welcome to hang around in the zoom for more informal chatter, which we can monitor.

How it works…

6.00: Wine Reception at the Outhouse
6.45: Open the Zoom meeting
7.00: Welcome Guest Speakers
7.45: Live Mingling, and Zoom chat

Tickets are available from Eventbrite – please state which ticket type you require as numbers will be limited. We will send a zoom invitation to all attendees anyway.

All Salon Events are free. We invite a small donation (£3) for the glass of wine, or encourage people to buy us a coffee to help fund our work.

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Tuesday 25 Oct 2022
The Outhouse, Edinburgh. United Kingdom