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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. More than 800 authors apear in over 700 events each year including novelists, poets, scientists, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

Jura Unbound

Trading Stories

Sunday 16 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Jura Unbound 2015 takes flight with a night of seductive international short stories. Join us on our journey with Denmark’s Dorthe Nors, author of Karate Chop; Ireland’s Mary Costello reading from her debut collection, The China Factory, USA’s...

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There Was a Crazy Guy

Monday 17 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Colin MacIntyre has long been beguiling us with his music as Mull Historical Society and this year he celebrates with a Best Of… album and the release of his debut novel, The Letters of Ivor Punch. In a lively evening of songs and stories, Colin teams...

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Born to be Wide

Tuesday 18 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Famed for the chart-topping hit These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, musician Lee Hazlewood's comeback in 1999 is the focus of Wyndham Wallace's Lee, Myself and I. He makes his Jura Unbound debut alongside TV and radio journalist Stuart Cosgrove, author...

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Head North, My Friend!

Wednesday 19 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

After fantastic celebrations of writing from Iraq and Syria in past Jura Unbound editions, we leave the heat and sand of the Middle East behind and head north with Highlight Arts to the icy Arctic wilderness for literary explorations and translations....

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Squash and a Squeeze with The Donaldsons

Thursday 20 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Julia and Malcolm Donaldson are legends of children's literature, well known for characters such as The Gruffalo. For one night only, they are escaping the Fringe to stay up late and play Jura Unbound. Discover their folk hits from when they busked on...

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Bingo, Beats & Bigmouths

Friday 21 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Babble On co-producers, BIGMOUTH set the stage alight with some pulsating performances. There will be music from lo-fi punk superstars Art Brut plus an Edinburgh exclusive of Eddie Argos’ spoken word show, Formed A Band. Get your dabbers ready as...

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Fight for your Right

Saturday 22 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

HOMEWORK is a literary cabaret in Bethnal Green run by a formidable bratpack of writer-performers. Each month they produce new work on a different theme and tonight celebrates 800 years of the Magna Carta with Ross Sutherland, Molly Naylor and Joe...

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The Skinny Night

Sunday 23 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

The Skinny magazine is Jura Unbound's longstanding media partner and has been documenting the Scottish cultural scene for nearly a decade. In celebration of their impending 10th birthday, they pitch up in the Spiegeltent with award-winning novelist (and...

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A Little Slice of Italy

Monday 24 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Dan Gunn's The Emperor of Ice Cream explores the lives, loves and betrayal of Italian immigrants in Edinburgh before World War II; Massimo Bocchiola is an acclaimed Italian writer and translator, who translates Irvine Welsh's works. They are joined by...

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Happily Never After

Tuesday 25 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Once upon a time there was a family of story-tellers and spoken word performers who lived in a magical mirrored tent. One day, an audience descended on this peaceful, boozy home and demanded to be entertained. They tried poetry, but it was a little too...
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