Made in Scotland

Made in Scotland

Although the gates to our beloved Charlotte Square Gardens remain closed, we hope this year’s Book Festival – even in this new digital format – still holds something of the spirit and community of the physical experience. And it wouldn’t be the Edinburgh International Book Festival without celebrating the brilliant work of authors, writers and trailblazers who hail from our small country.

This August, we revel in some of the best writing from our shores, and also celebrate the fantastic work taking place as part of our Citizen Communities Project, which - in the face of the global pandemic - had to adapt to ‘a new normal’ and reimagine ways to connect communities and individuals both shielding and digitally excluded.  

Ian Rankin: A Rebus for the Dark Times

Monday 17 August 19:00 - 20:00

We have all become familiar with living through these strange times but for Ian Rankin 2020 has been unusual in more ways than one. For starters, even though the number one bestselling writer thought he was taking a year off, he found himself topping...

Kirstin Innes: Who is Clio Campbell?

Friday 21 August 16:00 - 17:00

Rarely does a novel set the Scottish literary scene abuzz in the way Scabby Queen has, counting amongst its fans figures as wide-ranging as Janice Galloway, Ian Rankin and Nicola Sturgeon. Sexy rock starlet, veteran political activist, symbol of a...
Scotland deepens its reputation for gorgeous travel writing with two delicate, touching new contributions from true masters of the form. Highlands-based writer Kapka Kassabova may have left her Balkan motherland many moons ago, but still she feels the...
Scotland is the home of a panoply of great writers but Alexander McCall Smith is one of the best-known and best-loved of them all. ‘I write about what I admire in others’, he said recently – and it is this good-natured generosity of spirit that...
2020 has seen a huge surge in online content. From festivals to healthcare, and from galleries to schools, the internet is providing services, resources and networks to connect us to each other, from the safety of our self-isolation bubbles. But with...

Michel Faber: The ‘Evil Is In The ‘Etail

Tuesday 25 August 11:30 - 12:30

One of Scotland’s most gifted and unpredictable writers, Michel Faber has always defied categorisation. His previous novels including The Crimson Petal and the White and The Book of Strange New Things have been described as ‘unbelievably clever,’...

Richard Holloway: The Human Need for Stories

Tuesday 25 August 16:00 - 17:00

As one of the most beloved public thinkers of our times, Richard Holloway has often given voice to the deep feelings and concerns that so many of us struggle to articulate clearly. In his new book, Stories We Tell Ourselves, the former Bishop of...

Jo Hunter & John Loughton: Power to the People

Wednesday 26 August 14:30 - 15:30

When Jo Hunter established 64 Million Artists, an organisation that aims to encourage everybody in the UK to discover their creativity, little did she know that in 2020 she would have to dramatically change the way they reached people. The ‘COVID-19...

Douglas Stuart: The Making of Shuggie Bain

Wednesday 26 August 17:30 - 18:30

In the words of the starred Kirkus review: ‘You will never forget Shuggie Bain. Scene by scene, this book is a masterpiece.’ This astonishing debut is a powerful and heartbreaking story about the love between a boy and his mother, about poverty...

Stories & Scran

Thursday 27 August 19:00 - 20:00

Join us for an evening of food and entertainment, hosted by our Citizen Writers in Residence Eleanor Thom and Leyla Josephine. With live readings, audio recordings and a film created by Citizen participants, our community meal will showcase the...

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