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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.

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Saturday 18 August

Morpurgo receives standing ovation at Edinburgh International Book Festival

‘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...

Saturday 18 August

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

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...

Friday 17 August

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

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?...

Friday 17 August

“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

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...

Thursday 16 August

Mystery paper sculptures found again at Edinburgh International Book Festival

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...

Wednesday 15 August

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

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

Tuesday 14 August

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

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

Sunday 12 August

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

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...

Sunday 12 August

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

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

Saturday 11 August

Megrahi cover up questioned at Edinburgh International Book Festival

“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...