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29 hot ticket events at Edinburgh Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival unveiled its programme for 2015 this week, and there’s another stellar cast of literary heavyweights, famous faces and up and coming talent heading for Charlotte Square in August. Introducing this year’s line-up, director Nick Barley said that the festival would become a “global village”, reflecting the fact that writers from 55 …

IDP2043: ‘The future isn’t what it used to be’

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid reports on two events exploring the process behind IDP2043, a new graphic novel commissioned by the Festival Part 1. featuring Denise Mina, Adam Murphy, Hannah Berry, Pat Mills, Will Morris Last year the Edinburgh International Book Festival hosted Stripped, a segment dedicated to graphic novels. This year, they’ve tried something …

Book Festival August 25, 2014

Book Festival: Paul Gravett and John Dunning on Comics Unmasked

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid reports on Paul Gravett and John Dunning’s discussion of their Comics Unmasked exhibition [The poster for the British Library’s Comics Unmasked exhibition, designed by Jamie Hewlett] “Geeks will inherit the world,” notes chair Stuart Kelly. With the British Library opening one of its exhibition spaces to a pair of comic book aficionados, …

Book Festival: Jeremy Paxman

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid reports on an appearance by former BBC Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman World War One was the event that made modern Britain, Jeremy Paxman claims. If you have a pressing appointment, that’s the gist of what his hour talk, he jokes at the beginning, so you can leave now. His ‘War. …

Book Festival: Thomas Enger | Mason Cross | Kevin Williamson | Douglas Dunn | Jenni Fagan

Ninian Dunnett reports on events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival featuring Thomas Enger, Mason Cross, Kevin Williamson, Douglas Dunn and Jenni Fagan “Do any of you have kids? Have you ever fallen asleep on the couch late at night, when you’re exhausted?” This is Thomas Enger, the Norwegian novelist. “Now imagine that you wake up …

Book Festival: Sebastian Barry

Storytelling at its most terrifying, from a tale of a torpedoed Irishman to one of a Norwegian walking through fire, writes David Robinson Look. This is Edinburgh. We don’t do wild, uncontrolled applause. We don’t do weeping standing ovations or any form of collective emotional extravagance. So if an author has just given a reading …

Book review: Pain In The Arts by John Tusa

Review by Roger Cox John Tusa’s career as an arts administrator has been exclusively in England, notably as managing director of the Barbican Centre in London (1995-2007). As a consequence, some of the details in this book, a goodly chunk of which deals with how arts organisations can survive and even thrive in lean economic …

Book Festival Books August 25, 2014

Book review: J by Howard Jacobson

Dystopian state of denial has never felt so terrifying , writes William Leith At first, reading this novel feels like looking for the key to a mystery – you read carefully, searching for clues. Then you find the key, and find yourself reading with even more urgency. There’s a sense of mounting horror. We are …

Book Festival Books August 25, 2014

Book review: The Zone Of Interest by Martin Amis

Hitler waits in the wings, but Martin Amis is in the zone, revisiting the mystery of the Holocaust’s unspeakable horrors, writes Allan Massie In the lexicon of war we use the term “zone” to refer to an area of conflict: as in “killing zone”, “demilitarised zone”, “interfacezone”. The title of Martin Amis’s 14th novel maintains …

Book Festival Books August 25, 2014

Book Festival: Haruki Murakami

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid reports on the event featuring Japanese literary star Haruki Murakami [Picture: Getty] It speaks volumes that Book Festival director Nick Barley comes on to introduce this event, dubbing it the probable highlight of his career with the festival. Such is the reputation of Haruki Murakami. The event is …

Book Festival: Irvine Welsh

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid reports on Irvine Welsh’s event in Charlotte Square “I just thought it would be a great title,” smiles Irvine Welsh. “It had nothing really to do with the book.” Admittedly, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins is odd by most authors’ standards – perhaps not Welsh’s – but …

Book Festival: Letters Home

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid experiences the first site-specific theatre performance at Charlotte Square, telling four very different stories from the Commonwealth Can theatre help us approach the idea of dialogue from a different perspective? With the resurgence in letters and written correspondence in a world so tech-savvy, the Grid Iron theatre company …

Book Festival: Lynn Barber

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid on legendary journalist Lynn Barber’s event in Charlotte Square Imagine you’re a journalist making your first steps into the media world, and you’re given your first interview assignment. A small time singer? Someone of local significance? How about Salvador Dali? As crazy as that notion may seem, it’s …

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