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There are events for just about every age and interest at the Book Festival, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion. Around 1000 authors appear in over 800 events, including novelists, poets, scientists, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

James Kelman

Fiction’s Master Craftsman

Friday 18 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

James Kelman, according to Alan Warner, 'brings alive a human consciousness like no other writer can'. That’s true of his short stories as well as his novels, and is certainly true of his latest collection (his 13th) That Was a Shiver, and Other...

Dirt Road by James Kelman

A Theatrical Exploration

Saturday 26 August 8:00pm - 9:30pm

In his latest novel, James Kelman explores the brevity of life, the agonising demands of love, the lure of the open road and the power of music. Today, in a co-production with Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre, we present a theatrical exploration of...