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2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival – 16th August

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Another day, another tranche of authors. Frederick Forsyth and Edna O'Brien were the big names on the grey carpet today. Ian Rankin seemed to come along for the ride. 

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Iain Macwhirter

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'A tsunami is the result of an earthquake; Scotland's earthquake was the independence referendum campaign' According to chair Magnus Linklater, Iain Macwhirter is 'one of the best informed people on Scottish politics that you're likely to meet'. He's...

2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival – 15th August, p.m.

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 Not quite as 'live' as the a.m. post, but much (much) busier.....

2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival – 15th August, a.m.

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It's that time of year again when the ER's photographer sets up camp in Charlotte Square gardens for a few days to bring some author imagery your way. This year we are going to...

Nick Barley talks to The Edinburgh Reporter

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Nick Barley has been the Director of Edinburgh International Book Festival since 2009. The festival began in 1983 and hosts around 700 events a year.Recently, Nick sat down to talk to The Edinburgh Reporter. Who...

Let there be light for the opening night of Edinburgh International Festival

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You are going to love this.Last year the Edinburgh International Festival opened with a spectacular light show focused on The Usher Hall, which in itself was pretty amazing.In the mood of going for bigger...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016 – our top choices

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival opens its box office next week, and as in every other year we predict havoc and mayhem with the city attempting to get their hands on those 'must-have' tickets."Edinburgh's conversation with the...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016 – what the directors have to say

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"Too much of what we are hearing in the press is negative. We are being told what we will lose if we vote in a certain way in the Referendum. We hear about how...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016 – Imagine Better

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Festival Director, Nick Barley, and Director of the Book Festival's Children's Programme, Janet Smyth, posed for photographers outside The Jam House earlier today following the launch of the 2016 programme for the Edinburgh International...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – The View from Castle Rock

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Earlier today in full sunshine the Book Festival Director, Nick Barley, met up with Stellar Quines Artistic Director Jemima Levick who will adapt a short story collection for the stage this year.The EIBF have...

The Edinburgh Reporter guide to Edinburgh Festivals 2016

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Here in the capital we are very proud of all our festivals.There really is something for everybody and now it is not just in August that you can find something to entertain you that...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – Tom McCarthy

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The Secret Logic of Oil Slicks and Traffic JamsChaired by Stuart Kelly, Tom McCarthy’s event laid it on thick and heavy for a Saturday evening in Charlotte Square, referencing authors such as Chesterton, Kafka and...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – Anne Enright

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Families and Their DiscontentsIn a session at the Book Festival which included vivid, animated readings from The Green Road it was hardly surprising to learn later down the line that Anne Enright used to be...

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Ian Stephen and Sara Baume

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In Stornoway, says author Ian Stephen, in his soft and sibilant tones, 'people will talk forever about fish'. He was here in Charlotte Square, still talking about fish, but also weaving through friendships, Harris tweed, Hebridean...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – Stuart David and Ian Rankin

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Belle and Sebastian, Scotland’s best-loved indie band, was founded by Stuart Murdoch and bass player Stuart David, recording albums such as Tigermilk. David left the band in 2000 to focus on side project Looper...

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Jim Crumley and Adam Thorpe

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'Symbols of hope in an uncivilised world' So says Jim Crumley, and for the moment he's not talking about sea eagles or wolves. No, the acclaimed nature writer is talking about us - the audience...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – 26th August

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A flying visit to the EIBF yesterday, but did manage to capture two of the current crime-fiction favourites, Alex Gray and Yrsa Sigurdardottir. And, as Greg Proops was waiting in the wings for his turn...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – 25th August

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Slightly quicker off the mark with yesterday's authors. Amongst those visiting the photographers yesterday were Edwin Collins, Ian Rankin, Festival Director Nick Barley and ex-MI5 head, Stella Rimington.

Edinburgh International Book Festival – 24th August

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Yesterday's included Roy Hattersley and the hyperactive Norwegian crime-writer, Jussi Adler-Olsen

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Museums and Libraries – Spaces for Literacy

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Tony Marx, the President of the New York Public Library, likes to tell a story about Polish telephone directories; it's a story a colleague told him when he suggested getting rid of a roomful...

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Mary’s Meals – The Shed that Fed a Million Children

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'We believe in the goodness of people...Mary's Meals is a series of lots of little acts of love' (Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow) Many organisations start life at a kitchen table; more than a few have probably started...

Edinburgh International Book Festival: 2015 Siobhan Dowd Trust Lecture

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Matt Haig almost didn't get asked to deliver this lecture at all. When Tony Bradman (Chairman) and Kate Powling (Director) of the Siobhan Dowd Trust started to think about someone to follow in Patrick Ness's illustrious footsteps...

Edinburgh international Book Festival – 20th August

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Latest gallery of authors, with these ones attending the Book Festival at various times on the 20th August

Seeing Visions and Hearing Voices: Richard Holloway at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

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Richard Holloway is 81 years old and looks about 60. Nevertheless, the author, ex-Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh, former chairman of the Scottish Arts Council and champion of causes from the Big Orchestra to LGBT...

Edinburgh International Book festival – Monday’s Authors

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 Another day, another selection of authors attending the Festival. Monday's line-up included Paul Merton, Nicholas Parsons and Julian Clary and our man at the Gardens was there to capture a few.

Edinburgh International Book Festival – Ali Smith warns against cutting back on public libraries

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At the Edinburgh International Book Festival Scots author Ali Smith warned that the axing of public libraries by local authorities threatened the "democracy of reading" and would have an impact on the next generation of...

Alan Little to become Chair of Edinburgh Book Festival Board

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The Chair of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Lady Susan Rice has announced that she will be stepping down in October 2015 after 14 years in the position. Alan Little BBC Special Correspondent will...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015: Around the World – with Two Goats

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'What unites us', says Janet Smyth, 'is our stories.' Janet, Edinburgh International Book Festival Children and Education Programme Director, is speaking at the launch of the 2015 programme, and what a programme it is. As...

People’s Postcode Lottery helps the Book Festival expand

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 Funding from the People's Postcode Lottery will help the book festival reach even more people next year.The Edinburgh International Book Festival announced today that, thanks to generous support of £175,000 from players of People’s...

Edinburgh Schools – enter now to win cash for your libraries

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EDINBURGH SCHOOLS SET FOR LIBRARY ENERGISER Survey of parents in the Edinburgh & Lothians reveals 47 per cent have at some point been concerned about school facilities ScottishPower Foundation will celebrate its partnership with Edinburgh International...

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