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.

Richard Ford in Conversation with Kirsty Wark at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Richard Ford in Conversation with Kirsty Wark at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mon 28 August 2017

Author Richard Ford believes President Trump occasionally says something “that’s actually not wrong” but does not see it “registered in the news”…

Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia Speaks on Brexit  at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia Speaks on Brexit at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mon 28 August 2017

Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia believes the UK will have a “difficult time” over the next few years but that a “strong and growing” economy is still possible following Brexit…

Edinburgh International Book Festival Enjoys Another Extraordinarily Successful Year

Edinburgh International Book Festival Enjoys Another Extraordinarily Successful Year
Mon 28 August 2017

The 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival ends its public programme this evening having welcomed 1,000 authors, illustrators, poets, politicians and performers from 50 countries to Charlotte Square Gardens and the new expansion onto George Street…

First Minister Attends Edinburgh International Book Festival's ReimagiNation: Irvine Festival

First Minister Attends Edinburgh International Book Festival's ReimagiNation: Irvine Festival
Mon 28 August 2017

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, today talked about her passion for reading in the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s new event, ReimagiNation: Irvine…

Robert McCrum Reflects on Life and Death at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Robert McCrum Reflects on Life and Death at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sun 27 August 2017

Literary critic Robert McCrum says he wishes he could have his “old life back” but at the same time recognizes the “great dividends” from suffering a near-fatal stroke in 1995…

Harriet Harman Speaks on the Future of the Labour Party at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Harriet Harman Speaks on the Future of the Labour Party at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sun 27 August 2017

Former Labour Deputy Leader Harriet Harman has welcomed her party’s call for the UK to remain part of the European Single Market and customs union for a transitional period…

Madeleine Bunting on the Influence of Jura on George Orwell

Madeleine Bunting on the Influence of Jura on George Orwell
Sun 27 August 2017

Writer Madeleine Bunting believes biographers of George Orwell “haven’t quite understood” the impact Jura had on the writing of his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Nicola Sturgeon Discuss Equality in the 21st Century

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Nicola Sturgeon Discuss Equality in the 21st Century
Sun 27 August 2017

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Nicola Sturgeon took to the stage at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to discuss equality in the 21st century – a conversation that ranged from literature to race to their self-identification as ‘unconventional women’…

Sayeeda Warsi Questions Whether Her Grandkids Will Call This Place Home

Sayeeda Warsi Questions Whether Her Grandkids Will Call This Place Home
Sat 26 August 2017

Former Conservative Party chair Sayeeda Warsi believes Muslims have a “responsibility” to “reclaim their faith” from extremists…

Philippe Sands Delivers New Chapter to East West Street  at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Philippe Sands Delivers New Chapter to East West Street at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Sat 26 August 2017

When Philippe Sands completed East West Street last year, which subsequently won the Baillie Gifford Prize, he didn’t anticipate the extraordinary public reaction that this book would generate, nor could he have imagined the subsequent political events that would unfold…

Catherine Mayer Speaks Out on Endemic Sexual Harassment of Women in the Media

Catherine Mayer Speaks Out on Endemic Sexual Harassment of Women in the Media
Sat 26 August 2017

Author and politician Catherine Mayer believes sexual harassment of women in the media remains “pretty much endemic”…

Chris Renwick Speaks on The National Health Service at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Chris Renwick Speaks on The National Health Service at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 26 August 2017

Historian Chris Renwick says the public should be “quite profoundly worried” about the future of the National Health Service and has predicted charges for “particular” services…

Ian Rankin Announces New Rebus Novel Onstage at the Book Festival

Ian Rankin Announces New Rebus Novel Onstage at the Book Festival
Fri 25 August 2017

Ian Rankin delighted fans at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this evening with the news that he is writing a new novel featuring his iconic detective John Rebus, to be published in Autumn 2018…

Lord Owen Speaks Out on Brexit Negotiations at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Lord Owen Speaks Out on Brexit Negotiations at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Fri 25 August 2017

Former Foreign Secretary David Owen believes the UK is “making a complete ass” of itself over Brexit negotiations, and that Article 50 should never have been used as it is “weighted against” Britain…

Musicians Evelyn Glennie & Sally Beamish in Conversation with David Mitchell At the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Musicians Evelyn Glennie & Sally Beamish in Conversation with David Mitchell At the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Fri 25 August 2017

Celebrated percussionist Evelyn Glennie believes young people are acquiring “an internet-type accent” because they now see smartphones “as an extension of their limbs”…

Evan Davis speaks on Truth and Post-Truth at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Evan Davis speaks on Truth and Post-Truth at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Thu 24 August 2017

BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davis says he feels “frustrated” that short television interviews do not give him enough time “to properly get into things”, while he believes there is a “danger” that an adversarial approach…

Eileen Myles Talks of Misogyny in American Politics at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Eileen Myles Talks of Misogyny in American Politics at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Thu 24 August 2017

American poet Eileen Myles still believes that Hillary Clinton’s failure to become President of the United States was “simply misogyny”…

Gary Younge Speaks on Gun Crime & Race Relations in the USA

Gary Younge Speaks on Gun Crime & Race Relations in the USA
Wed 23 August 2017

Author Gary Younge says he feels “a big responsibility” to the families of children whose deaths he has recorded in a book on gun fatalities in the United States…

The Last Poets Make Their First Appearance in Scotland At the Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Last Poets Make Their First Appearance in Scotland At the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Wed 23 August 2017

The Last Poets have spoken of their love for Scotland after a series of sell-out events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Alan Johnson tells the Edinburgh International Book Festival that he Believes his Party Could Win the Next General Election

Alan Johnson tells the Edinburgh International Book Festival that he Believes his Party Could Win the Next General Election
Tue 22 August 2017

Former Labour Cabinet minister Alan Johnson believes his party “could very well win” the next general election if it is held within the next twelve months, while he says he would be “amazed” if David Davis is not Prime Minister “by early next year”…

Hanif Kureishi Speaks on Writing, His Career and His New TV Project at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Hanif Kureishi Speaks on Writing, His Career and His New TV Project at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Tue 22 August 2017

Novelist and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi says he now finds writing “more pleasurable” and believes he is “probably better at it” than in the 1980s when the film My Beautiful Launderette first brought him fame…

 Laura Albert ‘on the couch’ with psychotherapist Susie Orbach at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Laura Albert ‘on the couch’ with psychotherapist Susie Orbach at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Mon 21 August 2017

Writer Laura Albert says she misses her alter ego JT LeRoy and would “give it all” to be back talking to her therapist in the guise of her famous literary creation rather than as herself…

Gerry Hassan & Michael Keating in Conversation on the Future of Scottish Politics at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Gerry Hassan & Michael Keating in Conversation on the Future of Scottish Politics at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mon 21 August 2017

Political commentator Gerry Hassan says there is a “deceit” at the heart of Scottish politics about “claiming we are a social democracy”, while the Unionist-versus-Nationalist dynamic is “trench warfare, a war of attrition” that is harming public debate…

Margo Jefferson likens Confederate Monuments to Architectural Terrorism

Margo Jefferson likens Confederate Monuments to Architectural Terrorism
Mon 21 August 2017

Cultural critic Margo Jefferson has likened Confederate monuments to “architectural terrorism” and says she has “no doubt” they ought to be removed…

Anna Pasternak Speaks Of the Woman Who Inspired Boris Pasternak's Dr Zhivago at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Anna Pasternak Speaks Of the Woman Who Inspired Boris Pasternak's Dr Zhivago at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sun 20 August 2017

Writer Anna Pasternak has expressed concerns that “a measure of censorship” in Russia means she might not know if the translation of her latest book is “true to the original”…

Icelandic Author Thordis Elva Talks of Rape and Forgiveness

Icelandic Author Thordis Elva Talks of Rape and Forgiveness
Sun 20 August 2017

Author Thordis Elva says the “monster myth” of rape perpetrators needs to be “dismantled” in order to make “meaningful progress” on sexual consent…

Historian David Olusoga Discusses Britain’s Forgotten History of Slavery

Historian David Olusoga Discusses Britain’s Forgotten History of Slavery
Sun 20 August 2017

Historian David Olusoga has said that the omission of Britain’s history of slavery from school curriculums goes beyond neglect and into the realms of dishonesty and deliberate untruth…

Novelist Zadie Smith Reveals She is to Publish a Collection of Short Stories  at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Novelist Zadie Smith Reveals She is to Publish a Collection of Short Stories at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 19 August 2017

Novelist Zadie Smith has revealed she is to publish a collection of her short stories, having grown “more confident” about writing them…

Juno Dawson & Reni Eddo-Lodge speak on Gender, Race and Equality  at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Juno Dawson & Reni Eddo-Lodge speak on Gender, Race and Equality at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 19 August 2017

Author and activist Juno Dawson believes trans issues are viewed in the way lesbian and gay rights were in the 1990s, and that “discourse will shift” in twenty years’ time…

Turkish Author Tahir Abbas Says Erdoğan Wants To Be Bigger Than Atatürk

Turkish Author Tahir Abbas Says Erdoğan Wants To Be Bigger Than Atatürk
Sat 19 August 2017

Turkey’s President Erdoğan wants to be recognized in history “as bigger than Atatürk”, according to the political scientist Tahir Abbas…

Trade Minister Mark Price Argues That Greater Employee Engagement Is Key To Sustainability

Trade Minister Mark Price Argues That Greater Employee Engagement Is Key To Sustainability
Fri 18 August 2017

Trade Minister Mark Price says there is “real good will” around the world to “find a way to continue trading” with the UK after it leaves the European Union in two years’ time…

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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