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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.

“If Kashmir is occupied by an army, right now India is occupied by a mob,” says Arundhati Roy

“If Kashmir is occupied by an army, right now India is occupied by a mob,” says Arundhati Roy
Mon 19 August 2019

“If Kashmir is occupied by an army, right now India is occupied by a mob,” said Arundhati Roy, speaking today with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Insects “really save our lives every single day,” says Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson.

Insects “really save our lives every single day,” says Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson.
Mon 19 August 2019

“It is fascinating to think of the fact that fruit flies have actually helped out with six Nobel prizes in medicine, they have been an important part of them.”…

“Food is fundamental to our being able to make progress,” says Robyn Metcalfe.

“Food is fundamental to our being able to make progress,” says Robyn Metcalfe.
Mon 19 August 2019

Self-declared “Food Futurist”, Robyn Metcalfe appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to discuss her new book Food Routes and to talk about the supply chain that food production and distribution operates under…

Murray Pittock Examines the Scottish Enlightenment

Murray Pittock Examines the Scottish Enlightenment
Sun 18 August 2019

“I hesitate to suggest that intellectual curiosity is some kind of ethno-culturally essentially Scottish thing but there are circumstances in Scotland which do support it,” said Murray Pittock…

“I cannot look into [Jeremy Corbyn’s] heart and say he is personally an anti-Semite but I can say that he presides over it,” says Julia Neuberger

“I cannot look into [Jeremy Corbyn’s] heart and say he is personally an anti-Semite but I can say that he presides over it,” says Julia Neuberger
Sun 18 August 2019

“I cannot look into [Jeremy Corbyn’s] heart and say he is personally an anti-Semite but I can say that he presides over it,” said Julia Neuberger…

“I think racists now have just gotten a lot more sophisticated,”  says Benjamin Zephaniah.

“I think racists now have just gotten a lot more sophisticated,” says Benjamin Zephaniah.
Sun 18 August 2019

“When I say they’ve got more sophisticated now - racists, is that they’re wearing suits and ties. They’re in positions of power. When I see Nigel Farage...when I see him, I look at the people behind him. Look at his security, those are The National Front guys I was fighting in the seventies and eighties.”…

“We’re fat, you can’t silence it,” says Sofie Hagen.

“We’re fat, you can’t silence it,” says Sofie Hagen.
Sun 18 August 2019

Vocal inclusivity activist and comedian Sofie Hagen appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to discuss her book Happy Fat, the process of loving your body and why she prefers fat activism to body positivity…

“Computer animation tends towards perfection and we don’t think perfectionism is actually a particularly good thing,” says Peter Lord

“Computer animation tends towards perfection and we don’t think perfectionism is actually a particularly good thing,” says Peter Lord
Sun 18 August 2019

“Computer animation tends towards perfection and we don’t think perfectionism is actually a particularly good thing,” according to Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman Animations with David Sproxton,…

Tales of love and war win oldest book prizes in centenary year

Tales of love and war win oldest book prizes in centenary year
Sat 17 August 2019

A biography of a distinguished war correspondent and a novel about personal relationships amid political turmoil, have won the centenary awards of Britain’s oldest literary prizes…

“We expect the people who deal with the consequences of the oppression  to dismantle the oppression,” says Gina Martin.

“We expect the people who deal with the consequences of the oppression to dismantle the oppression,” says Gina Martin.
Sat 17 August 2019

“We expect the people who deal with the consequences of the oppression to dismantle the oppression,” according to Gina Martin, speaking yesterday at the Edinburgh International Book Festival with writer Heather Parry…

“I wanted to write a book unlike any other, one that’s useful.” says Jack Monroe.

“I wanted to write a book unlike any other, one that’s useful.” says Jack Monroe.
Sat 17 August 2019

“I wanted to write a book unlike any other, one that’s useful.” said Jack Monroe, speaking today at the Edinburgh International Book Festival with writer Heather Parry…

The “one good thing about colonisation” is the rhythm of language in Ireland,  says Roddy Doyle.

The “one good thing about colonisation” is the rhythm of language in Ireland, says Roddy Doyle.
Fri 16 August 2019

Acclaimed Irish author Roddy Doyle appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today discussing his new book Charlie Savage at an event chaired by Glaswegian author Chris Brookmyre…

“If you’re an uber driver, you have more protection” than fashion models,  says Eunice Olumide.

“If you’re an uber driver, you have more protection” than fashion models, says Eunice Olumide.
Fri 16 August 2019

Supermodel and fashion sustainability spokeswoman, Eunice Olumide appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to discuss her new book, the issues she’s faced with racism in the fashion industry and how we should all try to slow down ‘fast fashion’ at an event chaired by New York Times style reporter, Elizabeth Paton…

“We are governed by people who believe that the threat of having to live on the streets is a useful threat,” according to Danny Dorling.

“We are governed by people who believe that the threat of having to live on the streets is a useful threat,” according to Danny Dorling.
Thu 15 August 2019

“We are governed by people who believe that the threat of having to live on the streets is a useful threat to get people to behave,” Danny Dorling has said today…

The “flexing of English nationalist muscles” will damage the UK, says Diarmuid Ferriter.

The “flexing of English nationalist muscles” will damage the UK, says Diarmuid Ferriter.
Thu 15 August 2019

Acclaimed historian Diarmuid Ferriter and long standing Northern Irish journalist Malachi O’Doherty discussed the backstop and the state of Anglo-Irish relations as the UK moves closer to Brexit, at an event chaired by retired journalist Liz Leonard at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today…

“You can conceal truth but you can’t conceal it forever,” says Serhii Plokhy

“You can conceal truth but you can’t conceal it forever,” says Serhii Plokhy
Wed 14 August 2019

“You can conceal truth but you can’t conceal it forever,” according to Serhii Plokhy, speaking today at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

“The state, when it wants to use its power, tends to be stronger than any company,” according to Branko Milanovic

“The state, when it wants to use its power, tends to be stronger than any company,” according to Branko Milanovic
Wed 14 August 2019

“The state, when it wants to use its power, tends to be stronger than any company. The question is actually whether in some cases the state wants to use it,” according to Branko Milanovic, speaking today at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Mansplaining is “rife in Christianity”, says Richard Holloway.

Mansplaining is “rife in Christianity”, says Richard Holloway.
Wed 14 August 2019

“I’m not sure I do accept God, or how God has been traditionally defined or understood. That’s one prong of my dilemma.” Former Bishop of Edinburgh, author Richard Holloway, discussed toxic masculinity in Christianity, the harm humans do to each other and how the stories we tell ourselves should never lead to cruelty, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today in an event chaired by novelist James Runcie…

“The only way to avoid No Deal is to vote for a deal,” according to Ruth Davidson

“The only way to avoid No Deal is to vote for a deal,” according to Ruth Davidson
Tue 13 August 2019

“The only way to avoid No Deal is to vote for a deal,” according to Ruth Davidson. The Scottish Conservative leader was speaking today at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about her new book on female empowerment, Yes She Can, with former Olympic athlete Katherine Grainger…

China Dream is an act of revenge, says exiled writer at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

China Dream is an act of revenge, says exiled writer at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Tue 13 August 2019

“If you cannot live in freedom, love is impossible,” says exiled writer Ma Jian at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today, while discussing his book China Dream with poet André Naffis-Sahely and assisted by his longtime translator Flora Drew…

Sunlight is “absolutely crucial” in order to be healthy, says Steve Jones.

Sunlight is “absolutely crucial” in order to be healthy, says Steve Jones.
Tue 13 August 2019

“Sunlight is absolutely crucial,” said Steve Jones, speaking today at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about his research about the sun…

“It is incontrovertible that men who loved men were persecuted by the British state,” Author Naomi Wolf

“It is incontrovertible that men who loved men were persecuted by the British state,” Author Naomi Wolf
Tue 13 August 2019

“It is incontrovertible that men who loved men were persecuted by the British state, in jails by the British state, sentenced to hard labour by the British state and transported by the British state for loving each other, in many many cases. So, I am on the right side of history with my book and with these interpretations,” said American Author Naomi Wolf…

“Everything in moderation, including moderation,” says Geneticist and Author Dr. Giles Yeo.

“Everything in moderation, including moderation,” says Geneticist and Author Dr. Giles Yeo.
Mon 12 August 2019

Dr. Yeo discussed his book Gene Eating in an event chaired by journalist Ruth Wishart at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today, examining topics including fad diets, veganism and how our genetic makeup impacts weight loss…

“Suffering and revolution is a collective experience. If I rebel, then we exist,”  Palestinian Writer Nayrouz Qarmout

“Suffering and revolution is a collective experience. If I rebel, then we exist,” Palestinian Writer Nayrouz Qarmout
Mon 12 August 2019

“If I rebel, then we exist,” said Nayrouz Qarmout, at an event today at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in conversation with singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, and authors Ali Smith and Val McDermid, one of the Festival’s Guest Selectors…

“Suffering and revolution is a collective experience. If I rebel, then we exist,”  Palestinian Writer Nayrouz Qarmout

“Suffering and revolution is a collective experience. If I rebel, then we exist,” Palestinian Writer Nayrouz Qarmout
Mon 12 August 2019

“If I rebel, then we exist,” said Nayrouz Qarmout, at an event today at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in conversation with singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, and authors Ali Smith and Val McDermid, one of the Festival’s Guest Selectors…

“How do you tell the story of a nation through millions and millions of letters?” Jeanne Marie Laskas at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

“How do you tell the story of a nation through millions and millions of letters?” Jeanne Marie Laskas at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Mon 12 August 2019

“I had no idea that the President had been reading ten letters a day for eight years while he was in office. I discovered it by accident at the very end of the Obama administration…

“If you treat everyone the same, that does not necessarily result in equality.” Caroline Criado Perez

“If you treat everyone the same, that does not necessarily result in equality.” Caroline Criado Perez
Sun 11 August 2019

“Women are treated as outliers, they’re treated as if they are atypical,” said Caroline Criado Perez, speaking today at the Edinburgh International Book Festival with broadcaster and writer Sally Magnusson about her new book, Invisible Women, which covers the “gender data gap”…

Basic water for basic needs has to be a human right”,  according to Fred Pearce,

Basic water for basic needs has to be a human right”, according to Fred Pearce,
Sun 11 August 2019

“Water has to be a human right.” according to Fred Pearce, speaking today with journalist Sheena McDonald at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. “Basic water for basic needs has to be a human right”, he added…

The Best Revenge for Oppression is to Live Life with Freedom says Casey Gerald

The Best Revenge for Oppression is to Live Life with Freedom says Casey Gerald
Sat 10 August 2019

“We’ve been throwing generation after generation after generation of brilliant and beautiful black people at the challenge of trying to make America a nobler country, and I don’t want to lose anymore people to symbolhood”, Casey Gerard discusses symbolism, making room on the buffet table of life and the art of living despite struggle, at The Edinburgh International Book Festival…

“When hope is alive it breaks things. In order for things to get better,  things have to get broken”, says Tim Winton

“When hope is alive it breaks things. In order for things to get better, things have to get broken”, says Tim Winton
Sat 10 August 2019

“There’s an assumption of hope as a feeling. I see it as a discipline,” says Tim Winton. The renowned Australian author was speaking today at the Edinburgh International Book Festival with John Williams, Daily Books Editor at the New York Times, about his latest novel, The Shepherd’s Hut…

“Radicalisation is underpinned by raging inequality, anger and impotence”  Fatima Bhutto at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

“Radicalisation is underpinned by raging inequality, anger and impotence” Fatima Bhutto at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 10 August 2019

“The underpinnings of radicalisation are not what we’ve been told over the past 20 years”, says Fatima Bhutto. She argues that religious beliefs are not in fact the driving force behind violent terrorism, but instead these are based in feelings of “raging inequality, anger, impotence and humiliation”…

New 365: Stories & Music Sound Installation Launches at Edinburgh International Book Festival

New 365: Stories & Music Sound Installation Launches at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Wed 07 August 2019

The Edinburgh International Book Festival today launched the latest chapter in the 365: Stories and Music collaboration between James Robertson and Aidan O’Rourke…

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