Age of Political Earthquakes

Age of Political Earthquakes

As journalists rush to make sense of vague concepts such as fake news, post-truth and the exact meaning of ‘hard Brexit’, novelists and non-fiction writers have had a little longer to come to terms with this year’s seismic shocks to the political system. How can we unravel and understand what’s going on in Britain, Europe, America and the Middle East? Authors from across the world join us in Edinburgh to share their insights.

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Johan Norberg

On the Brighter Side of Life

Saturday 12 August 11:00am - 12:00pm

Garrett Carr & Julian Sayarer

Travels With and Without a Hitch

Sunday 13 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

In The Rule of the Land, Garrett Carr walks along Northern Ireland’s wriggling frontier, recently all but forgotten but now hauled back into the headlines thanks to Brexit. For Julian Sayarer’s award-winning Interstate, the canvas is contrastingly...

Henry McLeish

Citizens United

Monday 14 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Since stepping down as Scotland’s First Minister, Henry McLeish has built such a reputation as an expert on the EU and EU-American relations that, in the era of Trump and Brexit, he is increasingly in demand. His new book, Citizens United, focuses on...

Iain Martin

How the City got Slicker

Monday 14 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Even before Brexit, the City of London faced a whirlwind of challenges. Crash Bang Wallop by Iain Martin, columnist for the Times, founding editor of pro-market news website Reaction and former editor of the Scotsman, tells how it handled financial...

W N Herbert & Andy Jackson

Political Poetry

Tuesday 15 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

New Boots and Pantisocracies is a popular blog run by W N Herbert, Professor of Poetry at Newcastle University, and Andy Jackson, Medical Librarian of Dundee University. For 100 days after the 2015 general election, they published a poem each day on the...

David France

Fighting Back Against AIDS

Wednesday 16 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

The fear of the early days of the AIDS epidemic is already disappearing into the fog of history. American investigative reporter David France’s How to Survive a Plague drags it right back, and dazzlingly shows how activists drove the scientific...