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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.

Edinburgh International Book Festival reports an exceptionally successful year

Edinburgh International Book Festival reports an exceptionally successful year
Mon 27 August 2012

The Edinburgh International Book Festival ended tonight with the inaugural Fred Hood Memorial Lecture delivered by journalist and broadcaster John McCarthy…

‘Devastating.’ Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho joins the Edinburgh International Book Festival to expose the sad truth about international sex-trafficking

‘Devastating.’ Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho joins the Edinburgh International Book Festival to expose the sad truth about international sex-trafficking
Sun 26 August 2012

The Mexican journalist and feminist Lydia Cacho spoke today about her latest book Slavery Inc., a devastating account of the world trade in human trafficking…

Winners announced for Britain’s oldest literary prizes at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Winners announced for Britain’s oldest literary prizes at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 25 August 2012

Acclaimed novelist Padgett Powell and leading biographer Fiona MacCarthy have joined the roll call of celebrated writers to win the James Tait Black Prizes, Britain’s oldest literary awards…

‘Great book ruined by Man Booker Prize’ jests Howard Jacobson as he launches his latest novel at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

‘Great book ruined by Man Booker Prize’ jests Howard Jacobson as he launches his latest novel at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Fri 24 August 2012

Howard Jacobson, the man described by the Guardian as ‘one of the great sentence builders of all time’ came to the Edinburgh International Book Festival today…

"Writing a novel is a bit like getting married" says Ian McEwan at Book Festival

"Writing a novel is a bit like getting married" says Ian McEwan at Book Festival
Fri 24 August 2012

Man Booker Prize-winning novelist, Ian McEwan, likened writing a novel to getting married when he spoke last night at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Scientist spies with family ties: Paul Broda speaks to Tam Dalyell at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Scientist spies with family ties: Paul Broda speaks to Tam Dalyell at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Fri 24 August 2012

Paul Broda is a man with a particularly fascinating family history. Speaking to Tam Dalyell at the Edinburgh International Book Festival yesterday…

‘The novel is tenacious as a cockroach’ Edinburgh element of 2012 Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference closes with avowal of the staying power of the novel

‘The novel is tenacious as a cockroach’ Edinburgh element of 2012 Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference closes with avowal of the staying power of the novel
Tue 21 August 2012

At the fifth and final day of the 2012 Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference author China Miéville led a passionate debate about the future of the novel…

Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference authors in impassioned debate on censorship

Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference authors in impassioned debate on censorship
Mon 20 August 2012

The fourth day at the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference saw an impassioned debate on censorship in the internet age…

Irvine Welsh criticises globalisation at Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference

Irvine Welsh criticises globalisation at Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference
Sun 19 August 2012

On the third day of the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference Ian Rankin and Irvine Welsh led a discussion about the impact of national identity…

The chemical generation’s raconteur Irvine Welsh talks to Doug Johnstone at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

The chemical generation’s raconteur Irvine Welsh talks to Doug Johnstone at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sun 19 August 2012

Irvine Welsh joined fellow author Doug Johnstone on stage at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last night…

International Poetry Competition Winners Revealed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

International Poetry Competition Winners Revealed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sun 19 August 2012

The winners of the fifth Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition were announced at a ceremony at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last night…

Fifty shades of opinion: ‘Whip Lit’, Ulysses and the future of the novel dominate second day of Writers Conference

Fifty shades of opinion: ‘Whip Lit’, Ulysses and the future of the novel dominate second day of Writers Conference
Sat 18 August 2012

Keynote speaker Ali Smith opened the second debate of the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference…

Morpurgo receives standing ovation at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Morpurgo receives standing ovation at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 18 August 2012

‘I have plundered my own life for fiction to the extent that I am not quite sure if it is remembered memory, invented memory, or told memory – I have fogged the whole thing’ said Michael Morpurgo…

Janice Galloway wins Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year Award

Janice Galloway wins Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year Award
Sat 18 August 2012

It was announced last night at the Edinburgh International Book Festival that the winner of the 2012 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book of the Year Award is Janice Galloway…

2012 Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference kicks off with trenchant debate on the politics of literature

2012 Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference kicks off with trenchant debate on the politics of literature
Fri 17 August 2012

50 years after Edinburgh hosted a legendary conference, credited as the world’s first literature festival, the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference got underway today with the first event asking ‘Should Literature be Political?…

“Doomed to make the same mistakes.”  War reporters Janine di Giovanni and Ed Vulliamy talk at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about the lessons we should have learnt from Bosnia

“Doomed to make the same mistakes.” War reporters Janine di Giovanni and Ed Vulliamy talk at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about the lessons we should have learnt from Bosnia
Fri 17 August 2012

The “tender soul” of war reportage, Janine di Giovanni and “anti-war reporter” Ed Vulliamy appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today to talk about their experience…

Mystery paper sculptures found again at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Mystery paper sculptures found again at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Thu 16 August 2012

12 months to the day since the mysterious paper sculptures were dropped off at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, the anonymous sculptor has visited the Festival again…

Clive Stafford Smith asks his Book Festival audience to dig deep for human rights in America’s courtrooms

Clive Stafford Smith asks his Book Festival audience to dig deep for human rights in America’s courtrooms
Wed 15 August 2012

The defence, and anti-death penalty lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith OBE appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last night…

‘All Scots were briefly English’ says Moffat at Book Festival

‘All Scots were briefly English’ says Moffat at Book Festival
Tue 14 August 2012

Alistair Moffat, author of The Scots: A Genetic Journey, revealed that “all Scots were briefly English”…

Scotland needs to stop being afraid of ‘getting it wrong’ says Carol Craig

Scotland needs to stop being afraid of ‘getting it wrong’ says Carol Craig
Sun 12 August 2012

Scotland needs to stop being afraid of ‘getting it wrong’ and increase its confidence if it is to move forward as a nation, argued Carol Craig, author of The Scots Crisis of Confidence…

The ‘Charismatic Recruiter’ Maajid Nawaz talks to Broadcaster & Guest selector Sue MacGregor at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

The ‘Charismatic Recruiter’ Maajid Nawaz talks to Broadcaster & Guest selector Sue MacGregor at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sun 12 August 2012

Former Islamist extremist turned democrat, Maajid Nawaz, appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Megrahi cover up questioned at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Megrahi cover up questioned at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 11 August 2012

“Eight senior Scottish judges got it wrong, but the question is why? It is not because of a lack of intellectual skills”, said Hans Köchler this morning…

The close of the Olympics signals the opening of the 2012 Edinburgh International Book Festival

The close of the Olympics signals the opening of the 2012 Edinburgh International Book Festival
Fri 10 August 2012

Whether you’re concerned about suffering from Olympic withdrawal symptoms, or have had enough sport to last you a lifetime, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which starts this weekend, could have the solution…

The conversation begins – Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference website goes live

The conversation begins – Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference website goes live
Thu 02 August 2012

The organisers of the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference today announced that the website for the event –www.edinburghworldwritersconference.org – is now live... …

Jonathan Watson set to make an impression at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Jonathan Watson set to make an impression at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Wed 01 August 2012

Football impressionist and actor Jonathan Watson will be making an appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this August…

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