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.

Alex Salmond Reopens Debate on BBC at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Alex Salmond Reopens Debate on BBC at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mon 31 August 2015

ALEX Salmond reopened the debate over the BBC’s role in the independence referendum today when he said he was caught by surprise by what he claims was its biased coverage during the campaign last year…

Edinburgh International Book Festival Closes The Chapter on its Most Successful Programme To Date

Edinburgh International Book Festival Closes The Chapter on its Most Successful Programme To Date
Mon 31 August 2015

The Edinburgh International Book Festival closes tomorrow (Tuesday 1 September) having enjoyed the most successful year in its history…

Gordon Corera Warns of Cyber Terrorism

Gordon Corera Warns of Cyber Terrorism
Sun 30 August 2015

CYBER attacks on governments by terrorist groups like Islamic State are just a matter of time, espionage expert Gordon Corera has said…

Gordon Brown Accuses Conservative Party of Risking the Future of the UK

Gordon Brown Accuses Conservative Party of Risking the Future of the UK
Sun 30 August 2015

GORDON Brown has accused the Conservative Party of “turning on the tap of English nationalism” that risked the future of the Union…

Hollywood Star Alan Cumming Speaks at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Hollywood Star Alan Cumming Speaks at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sun 30 August 2015

HOLLYWOOD star Alan Cumming has spoken of his pride of having his portrait take the place of a painting of The Queen in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery…

Green MP Caroline Lucas Speaks at Book Festival

Green MP Caroline Lucas Speaks at Book Festival
Sat 29 August 2015

THE leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas has described Westminster as an “embarrassment” which does “a very good job as a museum but a far less good a job as representative democracy.”…

Journalist Johann Hari Calls for Legalisation of Drugs in Scotland

Journalist Johann Hari Calls for Legalisation of Drugs in Scotland
Sat 29 August 2015

THE legalisation of drugs in Scotland would cut rates of narcotics-related violence at a stroke, journalist Johann Hari has claimed…

Terry Waite Delivers the Frederick Hood Memorial Lecture

Terry Waite Delivers the Frederick Hood Memorial Lecture
Fri 28 August 2015

THE West will have to enter into dialogue with Islamic State terrorists if it wants to stop the violence, former hostage Terry Waite has said…

O'Hagan Accuses European Powers of Contravening Human Decency

O'Hagan Accuses European Powers of Contravening Human Decency
Fri 28 August 2015

AUTHOR Andrew O’Hagan has accused European powers of being “in convention of the most fundamental human decency” by not doing everything possible to save migrants fleeing war and poverty in their home countries…

Writers' Retreat by Ahmet Altan

Writers' Retreat by Ahmet Altan
Fri 28 August 2015

When I first saw the name of the tent we are in today, at Edinburgh International Book Festival, I didn’t know what to make of it, and it got me thinking…

Steve Bell on the Risks of Satire

Steve Bell on the Risks of Satire
Fri 28 August 2015

A LIFE in satire and the potential risks of his trade dominated Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell’s address at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Giving Voices to the Dispossessed Caught In Two Very Separate Brutal Worlds of Organised Crime

Giving Voices to the Dispossessed Caught In Two Very Separate Brutal Worlds of Organised Crime
Fri 28 August 2015

Giving voices to the dispossessed caught in two very separate brutal worlds of organised crime dominated the discussion between authors, Ryan Gattis and Marlon James at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

The lasting impact of Truman Capote’s classic novel In Cold Blood

The lasting impact of Truman Capote’s classic novel In Cold Blood
Fri 28 August 2015

The lasting impact of Truman Capote’s classic novel In Cold Blood, and the abiding resentment felt towards him by the community he wrote about, was revealed by travel writer David Reynolds at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Chen Guangcheng, has warned that China poses a “threat to humanity”

Chen Guangcheng, has warned that China poses a “threat to humanity”
Fri 28 August 2015

Chen Guangcheng, has warned that China poses a “threat to humanity”…

Scottish & Norwegian Crime Writers Compare Notes

Scottish & Norwegian Crime Writers Compare Notes
Thu 27 August 2015

TARTAN Noir writer Doug Johnstone has said that he will never write a detective crime series because he felt he could not bring himself to “torture” the same character repeatedly…

Debut Authors Discuss Their Debut Novels

Debut Authors Discuss Their Debut Novels
Wed 26 August 2015

CREATING myths, building landscapes, and the hazard of marathon writing sessions dominated the discussion between debut authors Chigozie Obioma and Simon Sylvester…

Chloe Combi & Georgia Gould Tackle Issues Faced by Young People

Chloe Combi & Georgia Gould Tackle Issues Faced by Young People
Wed 26 August 2015

THE determination by young people to find a new political expression and refusal to engage with traditional politics is hurting their own generation’s prospects, Georgia Gould, author of Wasted, has said…

Celia Imrie Speaks of the Challenges of Writing a Second Novel

Celia Imrie Speaks of the Challenges of Writing a Second Novel
Wed 26 August 2015

The challenges of the difficult second novel, grasping grown-up children and the frustration of men taking women’s roles, were topics up for discussion with actress Celia Imrie…

Edwyn Collins to Release New Album

Edwyn Collins to Release New Album
Tue 25 August 2015

SCOTS pop icon Edwyn Collins has revealed that he is going to release another album. The star made the announcement at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where he appeared on stage with his wife, Grace Maxwell, and author Ian Rankin…

Julian Barnes on Art at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Julian Barnes on Art at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Tue 25 August 2015

CONTEMPORARY artists are limiting their creativity by forcing themselves to adopt a philosophy at the start of their careers, author Julian Barnes has said…

Beatles Chronicler Says He'll Never Sell Film Rights

Beatles Chronicler Says He'll Never Sell Film Rights
Mon 24 August 2015

DEVOTING quarter of a century chronicling the career of the world’s biggest band and turning down repeated film deals from Hollywood were among the topics touched on by leading Beatles expert, Mark Lewisohn, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this evening…

National Library of Scotland to Host 2015 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship

National Library of Scotland to Host 2015 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship
Mon 24 August 2015

The National Library of Scotland has been selected to host the third Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship, it was announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this evening…

Dementia Discussed as part of Staying Well Strand at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Dementia Discussed as part of Staying Well Strand at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mon 24 August 2015

LIVING and coping with the challenges of dementia was the focus of discussion for a leading academic on the condition, June Andrews…

James Naughtie Call Salmond's Comments on Nick Robinson 'Bizarre and Weird'

James Naughtie Call Salmond's Comments on Nick Robinson 'Bizarre and Weird'
Mon 24 August 2015

ALEX Salmond’s attack on Nick Robinson and the BBC over its coverage during the Independence Referendum was “bizarre” and “weird”, broadcaster James Naughtie has said…

Usain Bolt's Performance Discussed at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Usain Bolt's Performance Discussed at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mon 24 August 2015

STORIES of superhuman endurance, massive egos and personal sacrifice dominated a discussion of the rise of the Jamaican athletics team and the Kenyan long distance runners…

Play with Dialects and Accents says Leading Linguist David Crystal

Play with Dialects and Accents says Leading Linguist David Crystal
Sun 23 August 2015

YOUNG children not be limited in the accents and dialects they use and hear, one of the UK’s leading linguists has said…

365 Words for 365 Days - James Robertson at Edinburgh International Book Festival

365 Words for 365 Days - James Robertson at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sun 23 August 2015

THE delights and frustrations of writing a different 365-word story for a whole year were set out by author James Robertson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Civil Rights Campaigner Jesse Jackson Speaks at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Civil Rights Campaigner Jesse Jackson Speaks at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 22 August 2015

CIVIL rights campaigner Jesse Jackson told an audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival that the advance of science and technology means that nations are “no longer foreigners” but that they now had “the bigger challenge to live together.”…

Jason Burke Says West has Misunderstood Islamic Radicalism

Jason Burke Says West has Misunderstood Islamic Radicalism
Sat 22 August 2015

THE British muslim teenage girls who travelled to Syria to join Islamic terrorists were looking for a “pure Islamic lifestyle”, not to commit acts of violence, author and journalist Jason Burke told an audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

F Scott Fitzgerald Discussed at Edinburgh International Book Festival

F Scott Fitzgerald Discussed at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 22 August 2015

F Scott Fitzgerald’s Hollywood swansong and the burdens of writing a historical novel were among the subjects discussed by US authors Liza Klaussmann and Stewart O’Nan at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Faeces Better Than DNA Profiling for Judging Good Health

Faeces Better Than DNA Profiling for Judging Good Health
Fri 21 August 2015

AN analysis of the microbes in a person’s faeces will give a better idea of the health problems they risk than a profile of their DNA, a leading epidemiologist has said…

Tony Blair Branded a Warmonger at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Tony Blair Branded a Warmonger at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Fri 21 August 2015

TONY Blair has been branded as the “worst” of the neo-conservative politicians for his “blind support” of Israel against Palestine by a leading academic on the Middle-East situation…

Broadcaster Nick Robinson Speaks of Referendum Storm

Broadcaster Nick Robinson Speaks of Referendum Storm
Fri 21 August 2015

THE protests outside BBC Scotland’s Glasgow headquarters in the run up to last year’s independence referendum were like something from “Putin’s Russia”, former BBC political editor Nick Robinson has said…

The Social Revolution of Reading and Education in Colombia

The Social Revolution of Reading and Education in Colombia
Fri 21 August 2015

THE story of how beautiful libraries and schools have been built in the poorest communities of Colombia to help social transformation, was brought to the Edinburgh International Book Festival by the revolutionary politician, Sergio Fajardo…

Security vs Human Rights Debate at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Security vs Human Rights Debate at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Thu 20 August 2015

THE challenge of protecting individual privacy and human rights, in a time of increasing state surveillance through the internet, dominated Security vs Human Rights debate at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last night…

Cold War Spies "Saviours of the World" Author Tells Edinburgh International Book Festival

Cold War Spies "Saviours of the World" Author Tells Edinburgh International Book Festival
Thu 20 August 2015

Cold War spies who handed the secrets of the US atom bombs to the Soviets may come to be looked on as “the saviours of the world”, an audience was told at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Shami Chakrabarti Warns Against Pulling Out of Human Rights Act

Shami Chakrabarti Warns Against Pulling Out of Human Rights Act
Wed 19 August 2015

The whole international system of human rights could fall "like a pack of cards" if the UK pulls out of it, leading campaigner Shami Chakrabarti has warned…

Government Child Sex Abuse Inquiry Discussed at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Government Child Sex Abuse Inquiry Discussed at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Wed 19 August 2015

THE journalist who exposed the extent of predatory paedophile Jimmy Savile's activities has said he believes the government is using a drawn-out public inquiry into allegations of Westminster child abuse as way to “ride out the storm” and "killing" the scandal…

Immigration and Cultural Boycotts Discussed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Immigration and Cultural Boycotts Discussed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Wed 19 August 2015

What it means to be an immigrant writer, bereavement and the pointlessness of cultural boycotts dominated discussions with the internationally acclaimed novelists, Israeli writer Etgar Keret and The Congo’s Alain Mabanckou, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last night…

"No Female Dr Who" says Author A L Kennedy at Edinburgh International Book Festival

"No Female Dr Who" says Author A L Kennedy at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Tue 18 August 2015

Author A.L. Kennedy has said that she believes there should never be a female Doctor Who. The writer, who has just published a Doctor Who novel, The Drosten’s Curse, said that it would be at odds with the nature of the character of the Doctor to do this…

Professor Condemns Public Stigma over Mental Health

Professor Condemns Public Stigma over Mental Health
Tue 18 August 2015

Governments and the public have been complicit in marginalising the mentally ill allowing treatment services to be cut, a leading expert on the sociology of madness has said…

Book Festival Enjoys Record Book Sales Over Opening Weekend

Book Festival Enjoys Record Book Sales Over Opening Weekend
Tue 18 August 2015

Edinburgh International Book Festival enjoyed one of its busiest opening weekends and a record trade in its adult and children’s bookshops…

Mexican Authors Offer Insight into their Rich Literary Landscape

Mexican Authors Offer Insight into their Rich Literary Landscape
Mon 17 August 2015

In the first of three events, the Edinburgh International Book Festival offered an insight into the little-known world of Mexican literature when it invited two of its best exponents to discuss their work…

Andy Wightman Tackles Land Reform at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Andy Wightman Tackles Land Reform at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mon 17 August 2015

Land reform in Scotland could take more than a generation to achieve, one of its strongest advocates told an audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Paul Merton at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Paul Merton at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mon 17 August 2015

COMEDIAN Paul Merton told an audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today, that he had found it hard to believe that television presenter Jimmy Savile had been a serial paedophile…

James Tait Black Prizes Awarded At Edinburgh International Book Festival

James Tait Black Prizes Awarded At Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mon 17 August 2015

Debut novelist Zia Haider Rahman and author, journalist and critic Richard Benson have joined the distinguished list of writers who have won the James Tait Black Prizes…

John Burnside Discusses Classic Novels at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

John Burnside Discusses Classic Novels at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mon 17 August 2015

Fears about the future of the planet, a fascination with uncertainty and what constitutes a classic novel dominated the discussion with writer John Burnside at the Edinburgh International Book Festival…

Ali Smith Warns Against Closure of Public Libraries

Ali Smith Warns Against Closure of Public Libraries
Mon 17 August 2015

SCOTS author Ali Smith warned that the axing of public libraries by local authorities threatened the "democracy of reading" and would have an impact on the next generation of writers. …

Author Matt Haig Speaks of the Importance of Reading to Maintaining Mental Health

Author Matt Haig Speaks of the Importance of Reading to Maintaining Mental Health
Sun 16 August 2015

THE importance of reading and writing in maintaining mental health and its role in helping him conquer depression, was discussed by Matt Haig in front of a packed audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as part of the Festival’s Staying Well strand of events…

David Mitchell Speaks at Edinburgh International Book Festival

David Mitchell Speaks at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 15 August 2015

INVENTING universes, film adaptations and turning Twitter tweets into a novel were among the subjects dealt with by author David Mitchell at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this evening.  Addressing a packed audience, the writer revealed that his forthcoming novels would all inhabit the same Newtonian-law bending universe that exists in Bone Clocks…

Fields Winning Mathematician at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Fields Winning Mathematician at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 15 August 2015

THE future of mathematics is being damaged by a lack of willingness among young people to struggle to succeed, one of the world’s greatest living mathematicians has said.   Speaking at Edinburgh International Book Festival, the French mathematician Cedric Villani said that a developing general culture of permissiveness meant children were not being challenged to push themselves…

Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan at Edinburgh International Book Festival
Sat 15 August 2015

THE creative worlds of two of literature’s greatest children’s writers, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland creator Lewis Carroll and Peter Pan author JM Barrie, and their impact on modern culture, were examined at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this morning…

Edinburgh International Book Festival Events Live-Streamed on BBC Arts

Edinburgh International Book Festival Events Live-Streamed on BBC Arts
Thu 13 August 2015

Organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival today announced that, in a collaboration with BBC Arts, ten events from the 2015 Book Festival will be live-streamed and available on demand by BBC Arts Online in August reaching audiences far beyond Charlotte Square Gardens. …

Charlotte Square Gardens opens for 2015 Edinburgh International Book Festival

Charlotte Square Gardens opens for 2015 Edinburgh International Book Festival
Thu 13 August 2015

The Edinburgh International Book Festival opens its doors on Saturday morning to 17 days of ideas, debate, discussion and books, lots of books.  …

SHIFTING SANDS TO LAUNCH AT EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL

SHIFTING SANDS TO LAUNCH AT EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
Thu 06 August 2015

Palestinian writer and lawyer, Raja Shehadeh launches Shifting Sands at the Edinburgh International Book Festival later this month…

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