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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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