Edinburgh International Book Festival highlights

Far from deterring visitors, this year’s focus on world literature will make it a book festival to remember Perhaps the most distinctive feature of Nick Barley’s tenure as director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival is that he has introduced new elements every year; from the Unbound events in the Speigeltent, bringing a more cabaret …

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 …

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 …

Book Festival: Kirsty Logan and Sara Maitland

Edinburgh International Book Festival blog: Heather McDaid reports on the Kirsty Logan and Sara Maitland event at Charlotte Square Some of the most interesting events can be more than just a single favourite author, but two who specialise in the same format, approaching it very differently. Step forward Kirsty Logan and Sara Maitland. Kirsty’s collection The …

Book Festival: Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Cosslett

Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Cosslett: Vagenda at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Review by Heather McDaid “There’s got to be traction in making fun of this,” remembers Holly Baxter, one half of Vagenda Magazine. Graduating in the recession, sitting with two cheap bottles of wine and a pile of women’s mags, she and Rhiannon Cosslett …