Existential Edinburgh is a personal journey through a city that has for centuries inspired many. An exploration, an evocation of the city's past and present it weaves together personal experience, memory and history. It takes the reader beyond the city's historic centre, looking out to surrounding areas that are inseparable from Edinburgh's story. There are companions on this journey, well-known figures from the past and the not so well-known.
Jenni Calder grew up in the USA and England, and has lived in or near Edinburgh since 1971. After several years as a part-time lecturer and freelance writer, including three years in Kenya, in 1978 she joined what became the National Museums of Scotland. There she worked successively as education officer, publisher, script co-ordinator for the Museum of Scotland (opened 1998) and latterly as Head of Museum of Scotland International which focused on Scottish emigration. She retired from NMS in 2001, since when she has returned to her previous freelance existence.