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Audio – Edinburgh International Book Festival – RNIB launch book today

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It numbered Sir Winston Churchill, the Beatles, Laurel and Hardy, Mae West, Alice Cooper, Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger among its guests.  It turned away Hollywood mega-star Charlton Heston and members of the...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – Val McDermid and Sue Black

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An event featuring a crime fiction writer and a professor of forensic anthropology would not immediately strike you as a possible comedy double-act, but this Wellcome Trust event was one of the funniest hours...

More mystery book sculptures appear!

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Twelve months to the day since the mysterious paper sculptures were dropped off at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, the anonymous sculptor has visited the Festival...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – Gordon Brown

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The latest well kent face to arrive in the Charlotte Square Garden today is former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. His session is a complete sell-out and people have been queuing for returns most of...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – A L Kennedy

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There was nothing wrong with what AL Kennedy said at all, just that it was a bit difficult to hear anything she said, owing to the traffic, the large fan at the rear of...

Edinburgh Napier students introduce poetry slam at the Book Festival

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Three Edinburgh Napier students are coming to the Book Festival on Wednesday to try and popularise their poetry. The new event which they are launching is called Impro Slam and will demand quick responses...

Edinburgh International Book Festival – Hans Köchler

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Was there a cover up over the Lockerbie Bomber?“Eight senior Scottish judges got it wrong, but the question is why? It is not because of a lack of intellectual skills”, said Hans Köchler this...

Writers Conference revived after 50 years at Edinburgh International Book Festival

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced the delegates who will attend sessions in the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference this August. The Edinburgh events of this worldwide conference, which is an ambitious programming partnership...

Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif to come the Book Festival

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EMINENT EGYPTIAN WRITER AHDAF SOUEIF CONFIRMS HER APPEARANCE AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL Following concerns that Ahdaf Soueif would be unable to leave Egypt due to the current political situation, the Edinburgh International Book Festival announced today that the...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2012 launched today

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Ian Rankin celebrates 25 years of Rebus as well as giving a sneak preview of his new novel; poet Alice Oswald gives a rare reading of Memorial, her reimagining of Homer’s Iliad; and Scottish...

Course for playwrights at McDonald Road Library

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The McDonald Road Library in Leith is offering budding Edinburgh playwrights an opportunity to grab a place at its free ‘How to be a Playwright’ event. The course was a sell-out event at this year’s Edinburgh...

Jackie Kay wins Scottish Book of the Year

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Creative Scotland is delighted to announce that award winning poet and author, Jackie Kay, has been awarded the 2011 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year, in partnership with Creative Scotland, for her...

The Edinburgh International Book Festival 13-29 August 2011

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17 days of homage to books and authors starts today in Charlotte Square. We have to hope that the rain will not have turned the garden into Edinburgh's answer to Glastonbury, and are sure that...

Book of the Year candidates now available to blind

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Creative Scotland, the national body for the arts, screen and creative industries, is delighted to announce that this year’s Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year category winning titles are now available to...

2011 Book of the Year Shortlist includes Edinburgh-based Stewart Conn

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Four talented authors, including one who is Edinburgh-based, have been shortlisted for Scotland’s largest literary prize, the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year Award, in partnership with Creative Scotland. Stewart Conn who lives...

Edinburgh International Book Festival teams up with The Guardian

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival and Guardian News & Media (GNM) have announced a two-year media partnership.Through the comprehensive sponsorship deal, readers of the Guardian and The Observer and the guardian.co.uk/books site...

It’s official! Top Ten Family-friendly cities includes Edinburgh

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Edinburgh has been voted among the top ten family-friendly cities in Europe according to Internet travel website Trip Advisor. In fact it was positioned at number Two!  Our fair city was pipped at the...

Edinburgh Job – Head of Press at The Pleasance

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A neat little job from the beginning of May in London and from the end of July in Edinburgh. The advert is on the Arts Council England's website. The job is advertised there as...

Fire possibly caused by electric blanket

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A fire in a three storey blocks of flats in Edinburgh, which led to three people being taken to hospital, may have been caused by an electric blanket fire chiefs said this week.Six people,...

Book Festival closes with tribute to Morgan

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The Edinburgh International Festival public programme closed last night with a moving tribute to Scotland’s first national poet, Edwin Morgan who died last week.  Richard Holloway chaired the final event in ...

Elsewhere launched at Book Festival

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The Minister for Culture, Fiona Hyslop, today launched a programme of brand new writing celebrating the best of Scottish, international and children’s words and ideas at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.  With the support...

Tribute to Edwin Morgan

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Commenting on the sad news of the death of Edwin Morgan, Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival said “As well as being one of the greatest British poets of the last...

Peter Mandelson at The Book Festival

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He’s been called many things by the British Press – Mandy; The Prince of Darkness, and more recently The Dark Lord.  He was the architect behind the re-branding of New Labour, and served two...

Edinburgh International Book Festival opens to crowds

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival opened on Saturday to record crowds and capacity audiences for most events. Christos Tsiolkas, one of the ten authors longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize who will...

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