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.

The ‘American Dream’ is much better than we think; ‘America First’ is much worse.

The ‘American Dream’ is much better than we think; ‘America First’ is much worse.
Mon 27 August 2018

The “American Dream” is much better than we think, while “America First” is much worse, according to Sarah Churchwell…

Future Success of India is in Services Sector, says Professor Lord Nicholas Stern

Future Success of India is in Services Sector, says Professor Lord Nicholas Stern
Mon 27 August 2018

India is about 30 years behind China when it comes to economic growth, and the driver going forward will be its services sector, according to Professor Lord Nicholas Stern…

The Edinburgh International Book Festival Draws 17 Days of Cultural Conversation to a Close

The Edinburgh International 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, discussion and public engagement with authors and audiences from around the world and across the political and cultural spectrum…

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
Sun 26 August 2018

The more that right wing media tries to demean her, the more empowered Gina Miller insists she feels. The businesswoman, who came to national prominence in 2016 when she took the British Government to the Supreme Court over its intention to implement Brexit without Parliamentary approval, was speaking today with the journalist Ruth Wishart, in a sold-out event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

The Clever Money in the World is very quiet — and most likely exchanged in Dollars.

The Clever Money in the World is very quiet — and most likely exchanged in Dollars.
Sun 26 August 2018

The “clever money” in the world is “very quiet”, according to Oliver Bullough. The investigative journalist was speaking about Moneyland – his new book which ties together the Panama Papers, Trumpism and inequality to expose the “dark money”-owning super-rich – with the broadcaster Phil Harding at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Nixon Helped Save Vital Dinosaur Fossil Site

Nixon Helped Save Vital Dinosaur Fossil Site
Sun 26 August 2018

Richard Nixon may be synonymous with Watergate, but he nevertheless helped preserve a remarkable dinosaur fossil site in New Jersey, according to Dr Steve Brusatte…

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 “overt femininity” that characterised his appearance during the early success of alternative rock band Suede was his way of dealing with grief, according to Brett Anderson…

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

Ann Cleeves loves watching the BBC-broadcast spin-off from her Shetland novels, to find out what happens next. The author of the acclaimed books was speaking today at a sold-out event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in the company of Glasgow-born actor Douglas Henshall, who has portrayed central character DI Jimmy Perez since 2013…

The 2008 global ‘banking heart attack’ was a systemic ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’ event according to Adam Tooze

The 2008 global ‘banking heart attack’ was a systemic ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’ event according to Adam Tooze
Sat 25 August 2018

The world could well have ended, economically, in 2008, according to Adam Tooze. The Columbia University Professor of History, and author of Crashed, was speaking today with BBC Scotland’s Business and Economics Editor Douglas Fraser about the seismic global financial crisis of 2008, at a sold-out event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

‘Black on Black Violence’ is being used as a weapon against  the other 99% of Black people in London who are not going to kill anyone, says Akala.

‘Black on Black Violence’ is being used as a weapon against the other 99% of Black people in London who are not going to kill anyone, says Akala.
Sat 25 August 2018

London’s Black underclass is being used as both an ideological and literal weapon against the other 99% of Black people, according to Akala…

Robots Are Neither Out To Get Us Nor After Our Jobs.

Robots Are Neither Out To Get Us Nor After Our Jobs.
Fri 24 August 2018

Although there’s much about Artificial Intelligence (AI) “to be pessimistic about”, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt feels “obliged” to be an optimist…

Picasso’ family has an obligation to protect and promote the artist’s work.

Picasso’ family has an obligation to protect and promote the artist’s work.
Fri 24 August 2018

The family of Pablo Picasso feels it has an obligation to protect and promote his artwork, according to Olivier Widmaier Picasso…

A second EU referendum, without a significant shift in the polls, would put British democracy at risk, says Robert Peston.

A second EU referendum, without a significant shift in the polls, would put British democracy at risk, says Robert Peston.
Thu 23 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 Robert Peston…

Dull Margaret was an ‘absolute delight’ for Jim Broadbent.

Dull Margaret was an ‘absolute delight’ for Jim Broadbent.
Thu 23 August 2018

Writing the script for Dull Margaret and seeing it blossom into a graphic novel was an “absolute delight”, according to Jim Broadbent…

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.
Thu 23 August 2018

Treating universities just like businesses will increase the prospect of some falling towards bankruptcy, according to Stefan Collini…

Corbyn’s ‘Momentum’ is ‘malice dressed as virtue’,  says former MP Alan Johnson.

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

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

Rachel Carson’s poetic approach to marine science may well be a thing of the past.

Rachel Carson’s poetic approach to marine science may well be a thing of the past.
Thu 23 August 2018

The internet’s focus on shock value means that, unless there’s some kind of cultural shift, it’s unlikely that anyone will be able to repeat the influence of the American marine biologist, author, and conservationist Rachel Carson, according to Maria Popova…

 Winner of Edwin Morgan Poetry Award Announced At the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Winner of Edwin Morgan Poetry Award Announced At the Edinburgh International 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 Edinburgh International Book Festival this evening…

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

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

Trump is a ‘symptom’ of the ‘search for brutal simplicities’
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…

Early Christians were responsible for the ‘largest desecration of art’ up to that point of history.

Early Christians were responsible for the ‘largest desecration of art’ up to that point of history.
Tue 21 August 2018

By the time Christianity had taken control of the Roman Empire in the Fourth Century AD, there had been the “largest desecration of art that human history had ever seen” up to that point, according to the writer and academic Catherine Nixey…

Muriel Spark is still Scotland’s greatest living writer, says Ali Smith.

Muriel Spark is still Scotland’s greatest living writer, says Ali Smith.
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 Edinburgh International Book Festival after Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, used it during her interview with the author…

 Fiction is ‘one of our ways to get to truths that are really difficult to talk about,’  says author Ali Smith.

Fiction is ‘one of our ways to get to truths that are really difficult to talk about,’ says author Ali Smith.
Mon 20 August 2018

We’re currently in a culture “that insists on lying as its delivery of how we’re living,” believes the acclaimed Scottish author Ali Smith. She was speaking today with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, during a sold-out event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

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”…

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

Tony ‘Mr Arsenal’ Adams’ 2010 offer to help his old club was knocked back – which he took as a compliment.
Sun 19 August 2018

When Tony Adams offered to return to Arsenal, the team 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…

Understanding how our brains work is vital for our mental health, suggests Ruby Wax.

Understanding how our brains work is vital for our mental health, suggests Ruby Wax.
Sun 19 August 2018

“Part of us is brilliant and part of us is a savage, and the sooner we understand that about our brains, the happier we’ll be,” believes Ruby Wax…

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

Music is more important than anything, says Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson.
Sun 19 August 2018

“The one thing that trumps everything to do with Iron Maiden is music,” according to the band’s frontman Bruce Dickinson…

Edinburgh International Book Festival announce a new event with Palestinian writer Nayrouz Qarmout.

Edinburgh International Book Festival announce a new event with Palestinian writer Nayrouz Qarmout.
Sun 19 August 2018

Organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival today announced a new event featuring Palestinian writer Nayrouz Qarmout on Thursday 23 August…

James Tait Black Prize Winners Announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

James Tait Black Prize Winners Announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 18 August 2018

A biography that documents the life of HRH Princess Margaret – the Queen’s sister – and a series of experimental short stories have tonight (Saturday, 18 August) won the UK’s longest-running literary awards…

A ‘different conversation’ is needed to ensure a fit-for-purpose 21st Century Welfare System.

A ‘different conversation’ is needed to ensure a fit-for-purpose 21st Century Welfare System.
Sat 18 August 2018

“We so need a different debate about the Welfare State in Britain,” according to the self-described “social activist” Hilary Cottam…

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

Freedom is not about being in prison or outside of prison, according to Maria Alyokhina of Russian feminist protest punk rock group Pussy Riot…

The More Honest We Are About Death, The Kinder We Are,  According to Actor Greg Wise.

The More Honest We Are About Death, The Kinder We Are, According to Actor Greg Wise.
Fri 17 August 2018

Western culture has completely the wrong attitude to death and grief, according to the actor, writer and producer Greg Wise…

‘We don’t seem to have that many politicians who are even good at doing politics,’  says Sky News political correspondent Lewis Goodall.

‘We don’t seem to have that many politicians who are even good at doing politics,’ says Sky News political correspondent Lewis Goodall.
Fri 17 August 2018

People who spend all their time in politics do not necessarily make bad politicians, but a clear problem in Britain today is that “we don’t seem to have that many politicians who are even good at doing politics,” according to Sky News political correspondent Lewis Goodall…

The Threats Democracy Faces Today are Not Identical to those in the 1930s.

The Threats Democracy Faces Today are Not Identical to those in the 1930s.
Fri 17 August 2018

The dangers and challenges Western democracies face today may look and sound similar to those of the 1930s, but the cultural context is nevertheless different, especially in Western Europe and America, according to the political academics David Runciman and Yascha Mounk…

Medicine is a ‘profession in crisis’, but we can afford a properly-funded NHS,  says former junior doctor Adam Kay.

Medicine is a ‘profession in crisis’, but we can afford a properly-funded NHS, says former junior doctor Adam Kay.
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.”…

When our fears medicalised, safety culture leads to  a lack of judgement and responsibility, says leading sociologist.

When our fears medicalised, safety culture leads to a lack of judgement and responsibility, says leading sociologist.
Thu 16 August 2018

Student demands for ‘safe spaces’ in universities are the “functional equivalent” of what right-wing Republicans are looking for when Donald Trump promised to build a wall on the Mexican border, according to leading sociologist Frank Furedi…

‘Quirky’ Gerry Adams ‘is political by nature’, according to unofficial biographer.

‘Quirky’ Gerry Adams ‘is political by nature’, according to unofficial biographer.
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.
Wed 15 August 2018

Popular crime novelist Ian Rankin confirmed that a new television adaptation of his Rebus novels is currently in development, to be written by Black Watch playwright Gregory Burke…

Scottish 3D photography pioneer is ‘underestimated and under-rated’, according to Queen’s Brian May.

Scottish 3D photography pioneer is ‘underestimated and under-rated’, according to Queen’s Brian May.
Wed 15 August 2018

A 19th century pioneer of 3D, spectroscopic photography is “underestimated and underrated,” according to Dr Brian May, lead guitarist of Queen and a life-long enthusiast of the medium…

Love is possible across the cultural divide, but there are always challenges.

Love is possible across the cultural divide, but there are always challenges.
Wed 15 August 2018

Attraction between people who are very different in terms of culture is a potent theme for the acclaimed author Leila Aboulela, but it’s not something she emphasises in her writing because she has lived “through the difficulties that come with it”…

Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, was 15 years old the first time she met her father in prison.

Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, was 15 years old the first time she met her father in prison.
Wed 15 August 2018

Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, was 15 years old the first time she met her father in prison…

Corbyn must change approach to Anti-semitism, says Gordon Brown.

Corbyn must change approach to Anti-semitism, says Gordon Brown.
Wed 15 August 2018

Jeremy Corbyn has to change what he’s saying about anti-semitism in his party, according to former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown…

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.
Tue 14 August 2018

Britain has allowed itself “to become very fragile in confronting elements of the historical record that are inconvenient,” according to the writer, broadcaster and former barrister Afua Hirsch…

A second Referendum on final Brexit deal is ‘only way’ to repair the damage of the 2016 vote, says Richard Dawkins.

A second Referendum on final Brexit deal is ‘only way’ to repair the damage of the 2016 vote, says Richard Dawkins.
Tue 14 August 2018

The only way to undo the damage of the 2016 Brexit Referendum is to hold another, according to the science writer Richard Dawkins. Dawkins was speaking today with the journalist Ruth Wishart during a sold out event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, promoting his new collection of essays and lectures, Science in the Soul…

Edinburgh International Book Festival Confirms Nayrouz Qarmout Visa Granted

Edinburgh International Book Festival Confirms Nayrouz Qarmout Visa Granted
Tue 14 August 2018

Organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival today confirmed that Palestinian writer Nayrouz Qarmout has been granted a visa to enter the UK…

Black authors are still expected to ‘dissect’ the issue of race says Diana Evans at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Black authors are still expected to ‘dissect’ the issue of race says Diana Evans at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mon 13 August 2018

Black authors and writers of colour face a greater critical expectation of writing about race, according to British Black author Diana Evans…

Two State Solution is the only answer to the Palestine/Israel question,  says journalist and author Ian Black at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Two State Solution is the only answer to the Palestine/Israel question, says journalist and author Ian Black at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mon 13 August 2018

“In the wake of the Second World War, the international community recognised that the only way to resolve the conflict in Palestine was to create two states. I think that remains the only way to deal with it,” said the journalist and writer Ian Black…

'Born dissenter’ Rose McGowan bided her time in Hollywood.

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

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

President Trump’s relationship with Putin’s Russia is ‘the biggest scandal since Watergate,’ says investigative journalist Luke Harding at Edinburgh International Book Festival

President Trump’s relationship with Putin’s Russia is ‘the biggest scandal since Watergate,’ says investigative journalist Luke Harding at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sun 12 August 2018

Russian intelligence’s influence on the election of Donald Trump is “definitely the biggest scandal since Watergate”, according to veteran Guardian journalist and author Luke Harding. “I think it out-Watergates Watergate.”…

Capitalism needs to find a new 21st century narrative in order to survive,  says BBC’s Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Capitalism needs to find a new 21st century narrative in order to survive, says BBC’s Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sun 12 August 2018

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

Adam Smith would have understood the 2008 Financial Crash,  says author Jesse Norman at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Adam Smith would have understood the 2008 Financial Crash, says author Jesse Norman at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sun 12 August 2018

Adam Smith, author of The Wealth of Nations and generally regarded as the “father of modern economics”, would certainly have understood the reasons behind the 2008 global financial crash, according to MP Jesse Norman…

Hierarchy of Language power-imbalance is ‘killing the continent’ of Africa,  according to revered novelist and playwright Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Hierarchy of Language power-imbalance is ‘killing the continent’ of Africa, according to revered novelist and playwright Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 11 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.

“Strong Female Characters Don’t Require Weak Males, Insists Philip Pullman.
Sat 11 August 2018

Philip Pullman, known for writing strong female lead characters including Lyra Belacqua in His Dark Materials, and Sally Lockhart from The Ruby in the Smoke – 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.”…

Muriel Spark ‘Changed the writing expected of Women’.

Muriel Spark ‘Changed the writing expected of Women’.
Sat 11 August 2018

Dame Muriel Spark “changed the writing expected of women in general,” according to the internationally-acclaimed Scottish author Janice Galloway…

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