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.

Young Fathers’ Kayus Bankole and Writer Kei Miller Open Up about Africa

Young Fathers’ Kayus Bankole and Writer Kei Miller Open Up about Africa
Mon 31 August 2020

Award-winning writer Kei Miller, and founding member of Mercury Prize-winning band Young Fathers, Kayus Bankole, spoke at the Edinburgh International Book Festival online today, in an event reflecting on the journey they embarked on together across Ethiopia and Ghana earlier this year –…

“Up until that point policy had never been made by tweet.” Masha Gessen on Donald Trump

“Up until that point policy had never been made by tweet.” Masha Gessen on Donald Trump
Sun 30 August 2020

Russian-American author and journalist Masha Gessen discussed power, President Trump and their book Surviving Autocracy with human rights QC Philippe Sands at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online this afternoon…

‘Literature can help to re-humanise people who have been dehumanised.’ Elif Shafak at the Edinburgh International Book Festival online

‘Literature can help to re-humanise people who have been dehumanised.’ Elif Shafak at the Edinburgh International Book Festival online
Sun 30 August 2020

Internationally renowned Turkish writer, Elif Shafak, spoke to the Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Nick Barley, about her latest non-fiction text How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division,…

“Remember where the money came from.” Historian William Dalrymple on the legacy of the East India Company

“Remember where the money came from.” Historian William Dalrymple on the legacy of the East India Company
Sat 29 August 2020

Celebrated Scottish historian William Dalrymple joined BBC special correspondent Fergal Keane in an Edinburgh International Book Festival online event this afternoon to talk about his latest book, The Anarchy:…

“They should be afraid of the working class.” Kit de Waal Challenges Class Stereotypes

“They should be afraid of the working class.” Kit de Waal Challenges Class Stereotypes
Fri 28 August 2020

In 2018, The Panic! Arts report found that working-class people are dramatically under-represented in the arts, and it is – as many have long-known – a culture dominated by the white middle class…

“Seize it – it will not be given.” Samantha Power in Conversation with Allan Little

“Seize it – it will not be given.” Samantha Power in Conversation with Allan Little
Thu 27 August 2020

In a conversation which covered her time from a war correspondent in Bosnia to her role as Human Rights Advisor to President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power spoke this evening to BBC special correspondent and Chair of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Allan Little in the Frederick Hood Memorial Lecture…

Internationally Best-Selling Palestinian Writer Susan Abulhawa In conversation with Ahdaf Soueif

Internationally Best-Selling Palestinian Writer Susan Abulhawa In conversation with Ahdaf Soueif
Thu 27 August 2020

One of Palestine’s most accomplished and internationally best-selling novelists, Susan Abulhawa, discussed her new novel Against The Loveless World with the prize-winning Egyptian novelist and political commentator Ahdaf Soueif…

The Forgotten Art of Translation Ann Goldstein at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online

The Forgotten Art of Translation Ann Goldstein at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online
Thu 27 August 2020

“It’s good for translators to be public because they’re sort of forgotten” Ann Goldstein, translator of the internationally successful novels by Elena Ferrante, said in conversation with Lennie Goodings…

“I’m as happy as a cow with seven udders” 2020 International Booker Prize Winning Author & Translator  in their first public conversation

“I’m as happy as a cow with seven udders” 2020 International Booker Prize Winning Author & Translator in their first public conversation
Wed 26 August 2020

Following the announcement of The Discomfort of Evening as the winner of the 2020 International Booker Prize this afternoon, winning author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and translator Michele Hutchison, along with their interpreter Johanna McCalmont, joined Chair of the Judges Ted Hodgkinson in their first public interview at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online this evening…

“Women are the strength of Glasgow” Douglas Stuart discusses his Booker Longlisted Debut Novel

“Women are the strength of Glasgow” Douglas Stuart discusses his Booker Longlisted Debut Novel
Wed 26 August 2020

Douglas Stuart, the Glasgow born author of Shuggie Bain, recently longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, was in conversation with Damian Barr this evening at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online…

Language, Movement and the Oppression of Occupation discussed at The Edinburgh International Book Festival Online

Language, Movement and the Oppression of Occupation discussed at The Edinburgh International Book Festival Online
Wed 26 August 2020

In an online conversation as part of the 2020 Edinburgh International Book Festival this afternoon the Palestinian writer Adania Shibli discussed language, movement and the oppression of occupation with Fatima Bhutto…

Helen Macdonald discusses her new collection, Vesper Flights At the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online

Helen Macdonald discusses her new collection, Vesper Flights At the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online
Tue 25 August 2020

In a reflective hour of conversation with Charlotte Higgins, Chief Culture writer for the guardian, Helen Macdonald, award winning author of H is for Hawk, introduced her new collection of essays Vesper Flights at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online this evening…

French Guadeloupe Novelist Maryse Condé in conversation at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online

French Guadeloupe Novelist Maryse Condé in conversation at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online
Tue 25 August 2020

Maryse Condé was joined by her husband and translator, Richard Philcox, in conversation with Maya Jaggi at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online today to discuss her recent novel, The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana,…

The Importance of Digital Connectivity discussed At the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online

The Importance of Digital Connectivity discussed At the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online
Tue 25 August 2020

“We need to treat connectivity as a water supply, that it’s a given and a right” says Iain MacRitchie in conversation with Richard Thanki in an event chaired by Marjorie Lofti Gill at Edinburgh International Book Festival Online this morning…

“The most gorgeous phenomenon in Biology” – Neuroscientist David Eagleman  explores the brain at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online

“The most gorgeous phenomenon in Biology” – Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the brain at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online
Mon 24 August 2020

Describing himself as a Cyber Optimist, Neuroscientist David Eagleman discussed his new book Livewire: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain with Jenny Niven at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online today…

Democracy Activist calls for Hong Kong Voices to be Heard Around the World

Democracy Activist calls for Hong Kong Voices to be Heard Around the World
Sun 23 August 2020

23 year old Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong called for the voices of Hong Kongers to be heard around the world in a live conversation at the Edinburgh International Book Festival online this afternoon…

Sarah Moss Considers Ordinary Lives and Unhappy Campers

Sarah Moss Considers Ordinary Lives and Unhappy Campers
Sun 23 August 2020

“I’m always really interested in the writing of everyday life because … when we’re desperately worried about climate change or even a pandemic or the multiple ends of the world, you still have to put dinner on the table.” Said Sarah Moss, author of Summerwater in conversation with Lennie Goodings today at Edinburgh International Book Festival Online…

‘Because good Literature is Good Literature” Bernardine Evaristo on Representation of Black Writers in British Publishing

‘Because good Literature is Good Literature” Bernardine Evaristo on Representation of Black Writers in British Publishing
Sat 22 August 2020

Novelist Bernardine Evaristo spoke to Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online this evening about her ground-breaking novel Girl, Woman, Other…

Memory, Ritual and Migration discussed by Edwidge Danticat and Kamila Shamsie

Memory, Ritual and Migration discussed by Edwidge Danticat and Kamila Shamsie
Sat 22 August 2020

The Haitian American author, Edwidge Danticat spoke from her home in Miami to Kamila Shamsie at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online this evening about Everything Inside, her first short story collection since Krik? Krak! In 1996…

“We are poisoning our own habitat at an incredible rate”  Says Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the Europe Green Deal

“We are poisoning our own habitat at an incredible rate” Says Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the Europe Green Deal
Fri 21 August 2020

Gordon Brown called for a message of hope in his conversation with Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission’s Green Deal this evening at the Edinburgh International Book Festival online…

“The core of black feminism is anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist.” Lola Olufemi & Minna Salami in conversation at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

“The core of black feminism is anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist.” Lola Olufemi & Minna Salami in conversation at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Fri 21 August 2020

“The past few months has us talking about race and gender in ways we haven’t before” said author Minna Salami in a conversation with Lola Olufemi chaired by Jade Bentil at the Edinburgh International Book Festival online this afternoon…

Winners of James Tait Black Prizes Announced at Edinburgh International Book Festival Online

Winners of James Tait Black Prizes Announced at Edinburgh International Book Festival Online
Fri 21 August 2020

The winners of the James Tait Black Prizes prizes were announced by broadcaster Sally Magnusson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online this afternoon…

Flamboyance from Dean Atta and George Lester at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online

Flamboyance from Dean Atta and George Lester at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Online
Thu 20 August 2020

In a joyous hour filled with laughter, YA authors George Lester and Dean Atta revealed to their online audience that a group of flamingos is called a Flamboyance, the Edinburgh International Book Festival had made the dreams of both authors come true, and the hardest thing about writing fiction is keeping themselves out of it…

The Climate Crisis Viewed from a Personal Perspective

The Climate Crisis Viewed from a Personal Perspective
Thu 20 August 2020

We are facing probably the greatest threat to human civilisation there has ever been” so said John Freeman, editor of Tales of Two Planets as he introduced a discussion on the climate crisis at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this afternoon…

Global Audiences Tune In to Opening Weekend of Edinburgh International Book Festival Online

Global Audiences Tune In to Opening Weekend of Edinburgh International Book Festival Online
Thu 20 August 2020

The opening weekend of the Edinburgh International Book Festival online was always going to be a leap of faith – for authors, audiences and for the Book Festival’s own team who have had to completely change their way of delivering a festival…

Marian Keyes Announces Sequel to Rachel’s Holiday

Marian Keyes Announces Sequel to Rachel’s Holiday
Wed 19 August 2020

“I wondered how Rachel from Rachel’s Holiday was getting on. I’ve started a sequel and I’m a good way into it” said Marian Keyes, much to the delight of her fans and her chair Jenny Colgan at Edinburgh International Book Festival Online this evening…

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Shines a Light on Ugandan Feminism at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Shines a Light on Ugandan Feminism at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Wed 19 August 2020

Today, the recipient of the 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi joined editor and culture columnist of The Economist, Fiammetta Rocco at the Edinburgh International Book Festival online,…

Helen Skelton and Lily Dyu Challenged Young Audiences To Get Adventurous in Lockdown

Helen Skelton and Lily Dyu Challenged Young Audiences To Get Adventurous in Lockdown
Tue 18 August 2020

In an event presented by the Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme at the Edinburgh International Book Festival online this afternoon, BBC Presenter and adventurer Helen Skelton and runner, writer and wannabe Astronaut Lily Dyu challenged their young audience to get adventurous on their own back doorstep…

Hallie Rubenhold Discusses The Problem with Great Men At the The Edinburgh International Book Festival

Hallie Rubenhold Discusses The Problem with Great Men At the The Edinburgh International Book Festival
Tue 18 August 2020

“We don’t learn history from statues in our squares. You learn history from books, and we learn history from public discussion” says historian, and author of The Five, Hallie Rubenhold in conversation with Sheena McDonald at her Edinburgh International Book Festival Online event today…

Linn Ullman Reflects on Memory, Family and her Father Ingmar Bergman At the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Linn Ullman Reflects on Memory, Family and her Father Ingmar Bergman At the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mon 17 August 2020

“Memory is who we are. When we tell stories about ourselves it isn’t about memory. Memories are stories, they are not documentaries.” Linn Ullman, the daughter of Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman and Norwegian actress and director Liv Ullman discussed Unquiet, her heavily autobiographical novel with Lee Randall…

Hilary Mantel Hopes To 'Surprise Herself' with Short Stories

Hilary Mantel Hopes To 'Surprise Herself' with Short Stories
Sun 16 August 2020

Double Booker Prize winning author, Hilary Mantel, today joined the Guardian’s Charlotte Higgins in a conversation about The Mirror and the Light, the third in her Cromwell trilogy, which is longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, as part of the 2020 Edinburgh International Book Festival online…

Rutger Bregman On Why Believing in our Innate Human Kindness Can Change the World.

Rutger Bregman On Why Believing in our Innate Human Kindness Can Change the World.
Sun 16 August 2020

“Stories are never just stories… stories can change who we are as a species… we can become our stories…. So changing the world often starts with telling a different story.” Dutch historian Rutger Bregman set out the fascinating argument for adopting a positive view of the human race today at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

The Legacy of Slavery and Modern Multicultural Britain Discussed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Legacy of Slavery and Modern Multicultural Britain Discussed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 15 August 2020

In a conversation ranging from the recent toppling of the statue of slaver Edward Colston in Bristol via systemic racism within science to what it means to be British, journalist Anita Sethi was joined by Britain’s first black female Professor of History Olivette Otele and science journalist Angela Saini in an online event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today…

Alycia Pirmohamed Wins the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2020

Alycia Pirmohamed Wins the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2020
Sat 15 August 2020

In an online event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this afternoon The Edwin Morgan Trust announced the winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2020…

Edinburgh International Book Festival & The New York Times Collaborate To Present Flagship Events in Online Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival & The New York Times Collaborate To Present Flagship Events in Online Festival
Fri 14 August 2020

In the second year of a collaboration with The New York Times, the Book Festival presents flagship events discussing capitalism and climate change, women in politics and a special edition of The New York Times Book Review…

Sponsors Help Edinburgh International Book Festival Keep the Conversation Going

Sponsors Help Edinburgh International Book Festival Keep the Conversation Going
Fri 14 August 2020

In August 2020 the Edinburgh International Book Festival asks authors and audiences to Keep the Conversation Going across the 17-day Festival, which has moved online for the first time in its history…

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