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Book Festival Draws 17 Days of Cultural Conversation to a Close

Book Festival Draws 17 Days of Cultural Conversation to a Close
Mon 27 August 2018

The Edinburgh International Book Festival’s public programme comes to a close today after 17 days of debate…

Nixon Helped Save Vital Dinosaur Fossil Site Says Expert Steve Brusatte

Nixon Helped Save Vital Dinosaur Fossil Site Says Expert Steve Brusatte
Mon 27 August 2018

Richard Nixon may be synonymous with Watergate, but he nevertheless helped preserve a remarkable dinosaur…

The more she’s personally attacked, the more empowered Gina Miller actually feels

The more she’s personally attacked, the more empowered Gina Miller actually feels
Mon 27 August 2018

“We have to look at bringing society back together, and I’m extremely worried that those who would exploit the divisions…

Brett Anderson’s ‘overt femininity’ was his way of dealing with the loss of very strong women in his life

Brett Anderson’s ‘overt femininity’ was his way of dealing with the loss of very strong women in his life
Sun 26 August 2018

The Suede frontman spoke about his life and career in a packed event at the Book Festival last night…

Ann Cleeves loves watching Shetland TV series to find out what happens next

Ann Cleeves loves watching Shetland TV series to find out what happens next
Sun 26 August 2018

The author of the acclaimed books the TV show is based on spoke at the Book Festival yesterday alongside Glasgow-born actor Douglas Henshall, who has portrayed central character DI Jimmy Perez since 2013…

The 2008 global ‘banking heart attack’ was an economic ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’, says Adam Tooze

The 2008 global ‘banking heart attack’ was an economic ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’, says Adam Tooze
Sun 26 August 2018

The Columbia University Professor of History, and author of Crashed, was speaking about the seismic global financial crisis of 2008 at the Book Festival yesterday…

Akala: ‘Black on Black Violence’ is being used as an ideological weapon

Akala: ‘Black on Black Violence’ is being used as an ideological weapon
Sat 25 August 2018

The MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, poet and political commentator was speaking yesterday about his book, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire, at a sold-out event at the Book Festival…

Increased ‘marketisation’ of Higher Education will inevitably lead to universities falling into bankruptcy

Increased ‘marketisation’ of Higher Education will inevitably lead to universities falling into bankruptcy
Sat 25 August 2018

Stefan Collini, Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, said “the more we treat universities as institutions that are simply competitors with each other – whether locally, nationally or internationally – the more the prospect of failing becomes a reality" at a Book Festival event on Thursday…

Robert Peston: Without polls shift a second EU referendum would put British democracy at risk

Robert Peston: Without polls shift a second EU referendum would put British democracy at risk
Fri 24 August 2018

We will be “playing with fire when it comes to the cohesion of our society” if there is a second Brexit Referendum “in the absence of a considerable shift in public opinion,” according to ITV’s Political Editor, speaking at the Book Festival…

Book Festival Wins Euan's Guide Accessible Festival Award for Third Consecutive Year

Book Festival Wins Euan's Guide Accessible Festival Award for Third Consecutive Year
Fri 24 August 2018

The Book Festival has won the Euan's Guide Accessible Festival Award for Best Pop-Up Venue for the third year in a row. The award recognises the accessibility and inclusivity of the Festival…

Corbyn’s ‘Momentum’ is ‘malice dressed as virtue’, says former MP Alan Johnson at the Book Festival

Corbyn’s ‘Momentum’ is ‘malice dressed as virtue’, says former MP Alan Johnson at the Book Festival
Thu 23 August 2018

Left-wing organisation Momentum is 'malice dressed as virtue,' according to former MP Alan Johnson…

Winner of Edwin Morgan Poetry Award Announced at the Book Festival

Winner of Edwin Morgan Poetry Award Announced at the Book Festival
Wed 22 August 2018

The Trustees of the Edwin Morgan Trust announced the winner of the biennial Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018 at the Book Festival this evening…

Doing Strictly ‘completely changed the way I look at me’, says Susan Calman at the Book Festival

Doing Strictly ‘completely changed the way I look at me’, says Susan Calman at the Book Festival
Wed 22 August 2018

Appearing on Strictly Come Dancing completely changed the way she viewed herself, according to Susan Calman…

Trump is a ‘symptom’ of the ‘search for brutal simplicities’ says Richard Sennett at the Book Festival

Trump is a ‘symptom’ of the ‘search for brutal simplicities’ says Richard Sennett at the Book Festival
Tue 21 August 2018

Donald Trump, who was among the first to create a global 'brand' of architecture despite not constructing many buildings, is 'a symptom of the search for brutal simplicities,' according to Richard Sennett…

Muriel Spark is Still Scotland’s Greatest Living Writer, says Ali Smith at the Book Festival

Muriel Spark is Still Scotland’s Greatest Living Writer, says Ali Smith at the Book Festival
Tue 21 August 2018

Ali Smith doesn’t like being referred to as 'Scotland’s greatest living writer', but the description seems to have stuck at this year’s Book Festival after Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, used it during her interview with the author…

Ali Smith: Fiction is ‘one of our ways to get to truths that are really difficult to talk about’

Ali Smith: Fiction is ‘one of our ways to get to truths that are really difficult to talk about’
Tue 21 August 2018

“Fiction and lies are the opposite of each other. Lies go out of their way to distort, or to turn you away from, the truth" said the acclaimed Scottish writer last night at the Book Festival…

Mr Arsenal’s 2010 offer to help his old club was knocked back – which he took as a compliment

Mr Arsenal’s 2010 offer to help his old club was knocked back – which he took as a compliment
Mon 20 August 2018

When Tony Adams offered to return to the London club he had captained to four league titles as a coach in 2010, no one – especially not the then manager Arsène Wenger – got back in touch…

 Ruby Wax: Understanding how our brains work is vital for our mental health

Ruby Wax: Understanding how our brains work is vital for our mental health
Mon 20 August 2018

he comedy writer, performer, mental health campaigner and mindfulness advocate was speaking about her new book How to Be Human: The Manual. at a sold out event at the Book Festival yesterday…

Chelsea Clinton feels ‘protective’ of 12-year-old Barron Trump—regardless of what his father, Donald Trump, does

Chelsea Clinton feels ‘protective’ of 12-year-old Barron Trump—regardless of what his father, Donald Trump, does
Mon 20 August 2018

Chelsea Clinton’s own experiences of media “bullying” when her father, Bill, was elected as the 42nd President of the United States, makes her “feel incredibly protective of Barron Trump”—even though she disagrees “with his father on everything”…

Music is more important than anything, says Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson

Music is more important than anything, says Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson
Mon 20 August 2018

“We were all put together as musicians [...] and I think, long-term, that’s why we’re still together, that’s why we still get on. Because we’ve grown into each other, like a reverse family. We all acknowledge that the reason we are together is because of who gave birth to us—this thing called Iron Maiden.”…

New Event Announced with Palestinian writer Nayrouz Qarmout

New Event Announced with Palestinian writer Nayrouz Qarmout
Sun 19 August 2018

Today, we announced a new event featuring Palestinian writer Nayrouz Qarmout which will take place on Thursday 23 August. Qarmout, whose UK visa was not granted in time for her to come to Edinburgh for her scheduled event on Wednesday 15 August,…

James Tait Black Prize Winners Announced

James Tait Black Prize Winners Announced
Sun 19 August 2018

A biography that documents the life of HRH Princess Margaret – the Queen’s sister – and a series of experimental short stories won the UK’s longest-running literary awards last night at the Book Festival…

Freedom is your own ‘feeling of fighting for yourself’, says Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina

Freedom is your own ‘feeling of fighting for yourself’, says Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina
Sat 18 August 2018

Speaking with former Greek Minister of Finance and Book Festival Guest Selector Yanis Varoufakis, the Pussy Riot member shared her vision of what freedom means and what it's worth from the perspective of someone facing persecution and prosecution in Putin's Russia…

Sky News's Lewis Goodall: ‘We don’t seem to have that many politicians who are even good at doing politics’

Sky News's Lewis Goodall: ‘We don’t seem to have that many politicians who are even good at doing politics’
Sat 18 August 2018

Goodall was speaking about his new book Left for Dead?, which charts the demise of New Labour and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, at the Book Festival yesterday, alongside Isabel Hardman, assistant editor of The Spectator, who argues – in her new book Why We Get the Wrong Politicians – that our current political system dissuades large parts of society from getting involved…

Medicine is a ‘profession in crisis’, says former junior doctor Adam Kay at the Book Festival

Medicine is a ‘profession in crisis’, says former junior doctor Adam Kay at the Book Festival
Thu 16 August 2018

When Adam Kay left medicine in 2010, “no one left medicine. I was this glitch in the matrix. Now I can’t look on social media without seeing brilliant doctors leaving. It’s a profession in crisis.”…

‘Quirky’ Gerry Adams ‘is political by nature’, according to unofficial biographer Malachi O'Doherty

‘Quirky’ Gerry Adams ‘is political by nature’, according to unofficial biographer Malachi O'Doherty
Thu 16 August 2018

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams may have a “quite quirky sense of humour” but is “political by nature”, according to the writer and broadcaster Malachi O’Doherty…

New Rebus TV series in development, written by Black Watch playwright Gregory Burke

New Rebus TV series in development, written by Black Watch playwright Gregory Burke
Thu 16 August 2018

Rebus, who Rankin admits is a man “bewildered” by the changed world he now lives in, is also set to appear on the stage of the Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre this October, in an original Rebus tale, Long Shadows, co-written by the acclaimed Scottish playwright Rona Munro…

Gordon Brown: Corbyn must change approach to anti-semitism

Gordon Brown: Corbyn must change approach to anti-semitism
Thu 16 August 2018

In a wide-ranging talk at the Book Festival, the former Prime Minister spoke about Corbyn's Labour Party and the political upheavals in Britain since his departure from office, and refused to 'apologise' for the creation of the Scottish Parliament as asked for by an audience member…

Zindzi Mandela was 15 years old the first time she met her father Nelson in prison

Zindzi Mandela was 15 years old the first time she met her father Nelson in prison
Thu 16 August 2018

The youngest daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, now the South African ambassador to Denmark, spoke to former BBC South Africa correspondent and Chair of the Book Festival Board Alan Little…

Remembering John Calder (1927-2018)

Remembering John Calder (1927-2018)
Wed 15 August 2018

All at the Book Festival are saddened to hear of the death of publisher John Calder at the age of 91…

Britain needs to overcome a ‘wilful ignorance’ about its racial history, says Afua Hirsch

Britain needs to overcome a ‘wilful ignorance’ about its racial history, says Afua Hirsch
Wed 15 August 2018

The curator of our Identity Parades strand, 2018 Book Festival Guest Selector Afua Hirsch shared her frustration that with race 'often, in Britain, we’re having an argument about whether we can have an argument.'…

A Brexit deal referendum the ‘only way’ to repair the damage of the 2016 vote says Richard Dawkins

A Brexit deal referendum the ‘only way’ to repair the damage of the 2016 vote says Richard Dawkins
Wed 15 August 2018

The science writer, in a wide-ranging discussion at the Book Festival yesterday, said he fears that "in the Brexit Referendum, too many people were swayed by their gut and not enough were swayed by their consideration of the highly complicated issues at stake.”…

Black authors are still expected to ‘dissect’ the issue of race says Diana Evans

Black authors are still expected to ‘dissect’ the issue of race says Diana Evans
Tue 14 August 2018

“I see race as a universal responsibility,” she said. “I think the legacy of slavery and colonialism has left such deep damage in the world, and this construct of race, that it’s not just the responsibility of Black people or people of colour to negotiate it and to dissect. We should all carry that load.”…

Two State Solution the only answer to the Palestine/Israel question says author Ian Black

Two State Solution the only answer to the Palestine/Israel question says author Ian Black
Mon 13 August 2018

The Guardian's long-time Middle East reporter and former Jerusalem Post correspondent spoke today at the Book Festival…

'Born dissenter’ Rose McGowan bided her time in Hollywood

'Born dissenter’ Rose McGowan bided her time in Hollywood
Mon 13 August 2018

American activist, former actress and Book Festival guest Rose McGowan views Hollywood as “a dirty town up to some dirty tricks” and she insists that her new book is “not a tell-all”, it’s “a tell-it-as-it-is.”…

Trump’s relationship with Russia ‘the biggest scandal since Watergate’

Trump’s relationship with Russia ‘the biggest scandal since Watergate’
Mon 13 August 2018

Guardian journalist and author Luke Harding commented on Russian intelligence’s influence on the presidential election at the Book Festival today…

Capitalism needs a new narrative to survive says BBC’s Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed

Capitalism needs a new narrative to survive says BBC’s Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed
Mon 13 August 2018

Capitalism has failed in its central promise of protecting people’s incomes, according to the BBC’s Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed…

Kenyan Novelist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o Speaks at the Book Festival

Kenyan Novelist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o Speaks at the Book Festival
Sun 12 August 2018

Kenya and other African nations are educating 'aliens in their own countries', according to the revered Kenyan author and playwright Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o…

'Strong Female Characters Don’t Require Weak Males' insists Philip Pullman in Book Festival event

'Strong Female Characters Don’t Require Weak Males' insists Philip Pullman in Book Festival event
Sun 12 August 2018

Philip Pullman, known for writing strong female lead characters, including Lyra Belacqua in His Dark Materials, believes that 'to portray a strong girl, you don’t have to portray a man or a boy being weak. My boys and my men are strong as well as the women.'…

Reviews and Interviews with Appearing Authors

Reviews and Interviews with Appearing Authors
Mon 06 August 2018

The Book Festival and some of the excellent authors, books and Guest Selectors in our 2018 programme have been popping up in the press over the past few days. Read on for reviews, interviews and more that'll put you in the mood for our Festival events…

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