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2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival – the big names

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It can be a little overwhelming when confronted by 4 press releases, 3 programme directors and one (very nice) breakfast.Having had just a little time to digest bits of the 146 page programme, I...

The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018: Freedom

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Freedom: ‘the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.’We all agree with that – don’t we?  But how do our actions or words affect others? Some people think they have...

2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival – Freedom to Think

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The overarching theme of this year’s festival is freedom. Freedom of speech is one of the basic human rights, as is freedom of movement and freedom to trade.The discussions which will take place at...

‘Dead Man’s Trousers’ to Launch in Leith

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Latest Instalment of Trainspotting Trilogy to be Launched at Book Festival Event in LeithIrvine Welsh will launch his new book, Dead Men’s Trousers, at a special Edinburgh International Book Festival event in Leith. The event,...

Dynamic New Zealand writers feature at Edinburgh International Book Festival

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New Zealand writers making waves at home and abroad are presenting their work and participating in this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival.Participation in the festival is part of the New Zealand at Edinburgh season...

Edinburgh International Book Festival: On the Money – Celebrating Nan Shepherd

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We are (not terribly comfortably, it must be said) seated in the Bosco Theatre, a wooden tent in the middle of George Street. Outside it’s pouring, and inside it’s decidedly damp; cagouls are gently...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017 : Malachy Tallack and Barry Smith – Uncovering the...

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'Most people live on a lonely island Lost in the middle of a foggy sea. Most people long for another island One where they know they will like to be.' So sings Bloody Mary in the musical South...

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Will Self and Richard Sennett – Draughtsmen Drafting

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‘I’ve always wondered why I find suburbs sexy’ Although the novelist, academic and former bad boy of journalism, Will Self, claims now to like suburbs, he certainly didn’t appreciate growing up in one any more than...
Nick Barley Director of Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival – Day 1

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The tents are up, the stages are set and the mikes tested.The Edinburgh International Book Festival begins tomorrow on 12 August 2017 with 1,000 writers from over 50 countries expected to attend.There will be...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – bringing New Zealand to Edinburgh

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What do you think of when someone mentions New Zealand (Aotearoa)? Sheep? Fjords? Mountains? Outdoorsy types who’re good at rugby?Do you think of literature, poetry and plays? Maybe not. To my shame I must...
Nick Barley Director of Edinburgh International Book Festival

The 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival : Brave New Words

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 'We are living', said Nick Barley, ' in an age of political earthquakes'The Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival was speaking at the launch of EIBF 2017. It's seventy years since Rudolf Bing and Lord...

Edinburgh International Book Festival News

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EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL’S OUTRIDERS TAKE FIVE JOURNEYS ACROSS THE AMERICASEdinburgh International Book Festival organisers have announced details of Outriders, an exciting new project where five writers from Scotland will undertake five extraordinary journeys across...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – winner of the First Book Award announced

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival proves that there is more to it than a few weeks in Charlotte Square Garden in the summer.YA Author Kathryn Evans was today announced as the winner of the...

Jeffrey Archer will be in Edinburgh in November – tickets on sale today

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Jeffrey Archer, former politician and prolific author will speak at an exclusive Edinburgh International Book Festival event in the capital next month. This is part of the Booked! series of events supported by players...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016 – Tom Lanoye and James Yorkston ***

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival’s event with James Yorkston and Tom Lanoye had a very different spin, as it got into the nuts and bolts of the process of writing and getting a book...

2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival – 29th August p.m.

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So that's it over for another year - well closer to 50 weeks, but who's counting - and the final day saw a couple of big name political figures in the shape of Gordon...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016 – James Kelman ***

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James Kelman took to the Baillie Gifford marquee on Sunday to discuss his most recent publication, Dirt Road, an event chaired by the BBC’s Scottish Political Editor, Brian Taylor. Plugging his new novel, one...

2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival – 26th August p.m.

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Another day of reschedules, no shows and a didn't know. Once again the staff tried their best, but.....

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016 – Rupert Thomson ****

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Discussing Katherine Carlyle, his most recent novel, Rupert Thomson was present at the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Spiegeltent for a dreadful slot of 10:15am on a Sunday morning. Despite the timing, there was a...

2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival – 25th August p.m.

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Another afternoon of 'no shows' at the allotted time, then all arriving at once. The poor press staff were running all over the place to try and find people. Did their best...... More than...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016 – Brix Smith Start ***

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Brix Smith Start walked into the Baillie Gifford tent in Charlotte Square, in her ripped black jeans and leather jacket, reminding the audience that this girl has some rock and roll stories to share....

2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival – 24th August p.m. Pt. 2

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Later on in the day we were visited round the back of the tent by Sir Vince Cable and another 'Man Booker Prize Nominee', Wyn Menmuir.

2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival – 24th August p.m.

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Another day, another gathering, this one a bit more avant garde when it came to timings, but, at least, they all turned up at some point.

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016 – Malorie Blackman Goes Intergalactic****

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Malorie Blackman introduced a whole new retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello, one which involved space but it’s also a tale of migrants, humans seeking refuge.  Packed to the rafters with teenagers and adults, Blackman enthused...

2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival – 22nd August p.m.

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After a brief hiatus, we're back for more writers portraits and, at least, one gallery of images.OOr, maybe two.....

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Charles Fernyhough: Voices in Our Heads

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'Our experience is full of words; we are talking, we are listening' When Andy Murray was losing against Novak Djokovic, he went into the locker room, looked at himself in the mirror and said: 'You...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – The Write to Read: Discussing Dyslexia****

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What could be more wonderful than an event at the book festival discussing opening up the beauty of storytelling?! Well that’s precisely what children’s author Vivian French, Barrington Stoke MD, Mairi Kidd and Pete...

Five things you need to know today

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Did you read at the Iraq Out and Loud event? Then read this! Yesterday at the Edinburgh International Book Festival   Dame Kelly Holmes Trust  School meals during the holidays Volunteers needed to...

2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival – 16th August p.m.

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For an unprecedented third day in a row our photographer attended the various photo calls at the EIBF. Highlights of today's list were Jackie Kay and Carol Ann Duffy , the current and previous,...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – Ali Smith*****

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Chaired by the nation’s makar, the enthusiastic Jackie Kay, Ali Smith took to the stage on Saturday to discuss her new and exciting work, Autumn. Multi-award-winning novelist Ali Smith gave the audience a wonderful...

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