Press Releases

Up-to-date news from the Book Festival press office will be posted here as we have it. Please browse the latest and archive press releases below.

James Kelman Hits Out at Those in Control of Scottish Culture

James Kelman Hits Out at Those in Control of Scottish Culture
Fri 18 August 2017

Scottish novelist James Kelman has hit out at those in “control” of Scottish culture, claiming they “don’t really understand what the Scottish intellectual tradition is”…

Scotland’s First Minister Admits “Nationalism” A Difficult Word at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Scotland’s First Minister Admits “Nationalism” A Difficult Word at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Fri 18 August 2017

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has admitted she finds the word nationalism “difficult”, and that if she “could turn the clock back” she would give the party she leads a different name…

Chris Patten on Brexit, Hong Kong and Jacob Rees-Mogg at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Chris Patten on Brexit, Hong Kong and Jacob Rees-Mogg at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Fri 18 August 2017

Former European Commissioner Chris Patten thinks “reality is waiting around the corner to mug us” when it comes to Brexit, which he described as “the most awful thing that’s happened in British politics in my lifetime”…

“Ten years of Faff” Says Entrepreneur Richard Reed on Brexit at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

“Ten years of Faff” Says Entrepreneur Richard Reed on Brexit at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Fri 18 August 2017

Entrepreneur Richard Reed says he fears Brexit will “lead to ten years of faff” and that voters should have a chance to reject the outcome in two years’ time…

Souad Mekhennet speaks on the Radicalization of Young Adults  at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Souad Mekhennet speaks on the Radicalization of Young Adults at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Thu 17 August 2017

Leading German journalist Souad Mekhennet has warned against complacency in attempts to combat radicalization in Europe, saying that much of the debate was still “missing” its underlying causes…

VETERAN BROADCASTER ALLAN LITTLE WARNS AGAINST CYNICISM ABOUT JOURNALISM AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL

VETERAN BROADCASTER ALLAN LITTLE WARNS AGAINST CYNICISM ABOUT JOURNALISM AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
Wed 16 August 2017

Veteran broadcaster Allan Little has warned that “tremendous cynicism” about journalism risks “throwing out something very valuable”…

2017 Man Booker International Prize Winner in a rare appearance at Edinburgh International Book Festival

2017 Man Booker International Prize Winner in a rare appearance at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Wed 16 August 2017

Humour is an “important and vital way to cope with grief”, believes the Man Booker International Prize-winning Israeli author David Grossman…

SCOTLAND, YOUR SCOTLAND Keynote Lecture Delivered by Andrew O’Hagan at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

SCOTLAND, YOUR SCOTLAND Keynote Lecture Delivered by Andrew O’Hagan at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Wed 16 August 2017

Britain “has mismanaged itself out of existence”, says the writer Andrew O’Hagan, and Scotland is now “free to succeed or to fail in its own terms”…

Outriders Malachy Tallack and Jennifer Haigh Talk About their Journey Across America at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Outriders Malachy Tallack and Jennifer Haigh Talk About their Journey Across America at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Tue 15 August 2017

Boston novelist Jennifer Haigh says she feels like her country is “on fire” and that “we have not yet seen the worst reaction” to the removal of Confederate statues…

Judy Murray speaks at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Judy Murray speaks at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Tue 15 August 2017

Judy Murray says she thinks it is “gobsmacking” that more has not been done to capitalise on the success of her tennis-player sons over the past decade…

Julia Samuel on Grief, Princess Diana and Kick Boxing  at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Julia Samuel on Grief, Princess Diana and Kick Boxing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Tue 15 August 2017

The late Princess Diana helped “shift a dial” on making people more tolerant of human difficulties, according to the psychotherapist Julia Samuel…

A World First with Alexander McCall Smith at Edinburgh International Book Festival

A World First with Alexander McCall Smith at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Tue 15 August 2017

At today’s Edinburgh International Book Festival event, Alexander McCall Smith will offer a sneak preview of the musical based on his best-selling book, The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency…

Self and Sennett on the role of Cities post Brexit

Self and Sennett on the role of Cities post Brexit
Mon 14 August 2017

Sociologist Richard Sennett believes the UK is on the cusp of a “revolutionary” movement as a consequence of the “catastrophe” that is Brexit…

ACCLAIMED DUO WIN OLDEST BOOK PRIZES WITH TALES OF LOVE AND LOSS

ACCLAIMED DUO WIN OLDEST BOOK PRIZES WITH TALES OF LOVE AND LOSS
Mon 14 August 2017

A novel exploring an unlikely relationship between two actors and a biography that opens a window on the world of fine art have tonight (Monday, 14 August) won Britain’s oldest literary awards…

IRISH AUTHOR SEBASTIAN BARRY SPEAKS ELOQUENTLY  AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL

IRISH AUTHOR SEBASTIAN BARRY SPEAKS ELOQUENTLY AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
Mon 14 August 2017

Irish novelist Sebastian Barry says he hopes his writing will “release” people from the “stupidity” of prejudice against homosexuality and instead help them recognise its “radiance”…

WILL SELF HITS OUT AT CRITICS CALLING HIS WORK ‘DIFFICULT’ IN A SOLD OUT EVENT AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL

WILL SELF HITS OUT AT CRITICS CALLING HIS WORK ‘DIFFICULT’ IN A SOLD OUT EVENT AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
Sun 13 August 2017

Novelist Will Self has hit out at critics who believe his De’Ath trilogy is “too difficult”, claiming he had lost readers as a result…

JAMES RUNCIE SPEAKS AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL

JAMES RUNCIE SPEAKS AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
Sun 13 August 2017

Crime novelist James Runcie “might” revisit his Grantchester Mysteries series to cover the Thatcher era…

“Real Change Starts with New Ideas” Says Dutch Historian Rutger Bregman  at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

“Real Change Starts with New Ideas” Says Dutch Historian Rutger Bregman at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Sat 12 August 2017

The Dutch historian Rutger Bregman has warned that the proportion of what he calls “bullshit jobs” could keep on rising if the definition of “work” is not updated…

Harrowing Tale of Isis Kidnap told at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Harrowing Tale of Isis Kidnap told at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 12 August 2017

A German journalist has spoken of the “awful time” she had recording the experience of a Yazidi teenager enslaved by ISIS in Iraq…

Social Media Causing Global Anxiety Claims Johan Norberg

Social Media Causing Global Anxiety Claims Johan Norberg
Sat 12 August 2017

Overwhelming social media is contributing to a “sense of pessimism and horror” that risks undermining genuine global progress, according to the Swedish historian Johan Norberg…

Orhan Pamuk and Alan Hollinghurst Announced for Edinburgh International Book Festival Autumn Events

Orhan Pamuk and Alan Hollinghurst Announced for Edinburgh International Book Festival Autumn Events
Tue 08 August 2017

Organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival today announced two new events for Autumn 2017 as part of the Festival’s Booked! programme…

Edinburgh International Book Festival Calls for Festival Memories

Edinburgh International Book Festival Calls for Festival Memories
Thu 03 August 2017

Organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival are asking for people to share their special memories of Edinburgh’s Festivals to help create a piece of collective writing celebrating the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh becoming a Festival City…

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