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.

Howard Jacobson

Consolation of Savage Satire

Thursday 17 August 10:30am - 11:30am

This year has left many of us reeling, speechless. Following Trump's election, Man Booker winner Howard Jacobson wrote Pussy, a comic fairy tale, while gripped by ‘a fury of disbelief’. The story tells of Prince Fracassus, an idle, illiterate,...

David Olusoga

Black and British

Thursday 17 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers a revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new research, original records and expert...

Stephen D King

An Uncertain Economic Future?

Friday 18 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Is globalisation now a busted flush? Senior economic adviser at HSBC, Stephen D King certainly believes that it is no longer the inevitable force it once appeared and that the rise of nationalism, Trump and Brexit are signs that the public’s patience...

Raja Shehadeh

Crossing Boundaries

Friday 18 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Brave, intelligent and deeply personal, Where the Line is Drawn shows how the Israeli occupation affects every aspect of Palestinian daily life. Raja Shehadeh, Palestine's premier writer and essayist, winner of the 2008 Orwell Prize and founder of the...

Tahir Abbas & Kaya Genç

Whither Turkey

Saturday 19 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Two of the most probing commentators on modern Turkey, novelist and essayist Kaya Genç and the political scientist and researcher on international defence and security Tahir Abbas, assess the political, economic and cultural future of Turkey. Now that...

Peter Conradi

Is Russia Lost to Us for Good?

Sunday 20 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Is the new Cold War-esque Russia actually the fault of a Western world which gloated when the Soviet Union collapsed? Peter Conradi, the Sunday Times foreign editor and co-author of The King’s Speech, argues that our basic misunderstanding of what...

Alexander Betts & Sarah Harper

Crossing Continents

Monday 21 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

The refugee crisis is the defining issue of our times, argues Alexander Betts, and we urgently need new approaches. In Refuge, he suggests a few: matching skills to need and special economic zones among them. Such rethinking, says Sarah Harper in How...