Winning Translated Fiction
Thursday 15 August 17:45 - 18:45
Underlining the Book Festival’s commitment to international ideas, we celebrate the finest translated fiction of the year. In May, Jokha Alharthi became the first Arabic language writer to win the Man Booker International Prize for her searing novel...
Poems that build bridges
Thursday 15 August 18:00 - 19:30
The West-Eastern Divan was Goethe's last major body of poetry, a tribute to Persian verse. To celebrate its bicentenary, A New Divan brings together 24 poets from West and East in a dialogue exploring otherness. This major international event brings...
Truth costs money
Thursday 15 August 18:45 - 19:45
When Alan Rusbridger stepped down as Guardian editor in 2015 he left one of the world’s most trusted news organisations. Rusbridger’s 20-year tenure oversaw international expansion and investigative triumphs, such as the phone hacking scandal. But...
Using Picture Books to Help Children's Development
Thursday 15 August 19:00 - 20:00
Author of over 300 children’s books, Vivian French is also a co-founder of Picture Hooks, a mentoring scheme supporting emerging illustrators. Today she delves into the world of picture books with illustrator Eilidh Muldoon and primary teacher Aurelie...
Walking the (Cat)walk
Thursday 15 August 19:15 - 20:15
Edinburgh born supermodel Eunice Olumide has worked all over the world, walking the catwalk for legendary designers including Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Harris Tweed. In How to Get into Fashion, she shares insider tips on her...
How to support those affected by disaster
Thursday 15 August 19:30 - 21:00
Whilst humanitarian laws including the Geneva Conventions uphold universal obligations to protect all civilians, the reality in most global crises is that women and children suffer the most. Often victims of abuse or neglect, they are voiceless and...
Life for the reality TV generation
Thursday 15 August 20:30 - 21:30
Meet two authors chronicling the off-kilter experiences of upbeat millennials. Candice Carty-Williams’s Queenie sees a Jamaican British woman search for identity. Jojo Moyes called the novel ‘brilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking’. Annaleese...
Cometh the Sex Robots
Thursday 15 August 20:45 - 21:45
Sex robots may once have been the domain of science fiction but in Turned On, computer scientist and senior lecturer in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence, Kate Devlin asks how emerging technologies are making them a reality. From the automata...
Hollie McNish & Friends
Thursday 15 August 21:00 - 23:00
Hollie McNish is one of Britain’s best poets and spoken word artists. She has released one album and five books of funny, forthright and fearless poetry, the latest being Plum in 2017. After several brilliant Unbound appearances, she hosts her very...
Friday 16 August 10:00 - 10:30
Join one of our Festival authors each morning for a magical half hour of storytelling, poetry, song or rhyme. This daily changing event is suitable for children of all ages. Appearing today: Mylo Freeman.