Earlier this year we sent five Scottish writers on epic journeys across the Americas, each one travelling with a local writer. Harry Giles crossed Canada with Métis author Katherena Vermette; Jenni Fagan travelled from the Rust Belt to Silicon Valley with Chicago-based Bonnie Jo Campbell; Malachy Tallack journeyed from Fargo to Tennessee with Dakota novelist Jennifer Haigh; Stef Smith voyaged the length of Mexico with leading playwright Ximena Escalante; and Kevin MacNeil toured Argentina with Buenos Aires-based writer Mariana Enriquez. They have each returned with a clutch of fascinating material and, in a series of events, will tell us what they saw and heard, relating stories about the state of the Americas today. Supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. With thanks to the British Council.

Outriders: The Reunion

Chronicles of the New World

Sunday 13 August 8:45pm - 10:15pm

From the Arctic Circle to Buenos Aires, our Outriders accumulated an incredible 67,500 miles on planes, trains and automobiles interrogating the socio-political landscape of the Americas. Harry Giles and Katherena Vermette journeyed through Canada to...

Outriders: Ximena Escalante & Stef Smith

Mexico: From the US Border to Guatemala

Monday 14 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

As part of our project to explore the Americas, leading Mexican playwright Ximena Escalante travelled across Mexico with Scottish theatre writer Stef Smith. Starting in the US city of San Diego, they journeyed south across the Mexican border, making...

Outriders: Bonnie Jo Campbell & Jenni Fagan

USA: From the Rust Belt to Silicon Valley

Monday 14 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

As part of our project to explore the Americas, short story writer Bonnie Jo Campbell travelled across her home country with Scottish novelist and poet Jenni Fagan. The two writers started in derelict Detroit, then visited a tented city in Chicago and...

Outriders: Mariana Enriquez & Kevin MacNeil

Argentina: In Search of UFOs

Tuesday 15 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

As part of our project to explore the Americas, Scottish novelist Kevin MacNeil travelled around Argentina with journalist, novelist and short story writer Mariana Enriquez. Starting in Buenos Aires, the writers set off in search of lost voices, both...