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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Branko Milanović

An Expert’s Guide to Inequality

Tuesday 22 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

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Evan Davis

Whatever Happened to Honesty?

Thursday 24 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

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A C Grayling

Challenges to Democracy

Friday 25 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Richard English & Mark Muller Stuart

Does Terrorism Work?

Friday 25 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

In his latest work, leading academic expert Richard English puts forward the often under-scrutinised question Does Terrorism Work? He argues that we must acknowledge that sometimes it does. Today, he's joined by international mediator and human rights...

Lina Meruane & Janne Teller

Calling All Bibliophiles

Saturday 26 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Danish novelist and short story writer Janne Teller has won numerous awards. With her novel War, out in Denmark in 2001 but just published in the UK last year, she embarks on a thought-provoking experiment: what if Europe falls apart, and you must flee...

Sayeeda Warsi

Keeping the Faith in a Diverse Britain

Saturday 26 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

In the 1980s, the Thatcher government used ‘the enemy within’ to undermine the striking miners. In 2017, British Muslims are the target for such smears. As the UK’s first Muslim Cabinet Minister, former Conservative Party chair Sayeeda Warsi is in...