Visions of a Better Future

Visions of a Better Future

With this year’s news headlines reading like titles of post-apocalyptic novels, it is hard to imagine a time in recent history when we have been more in need of some positive and constructive thought.

While it’s easy to feel a sense of paralysis and hopelessness in the face of the many issues affecting us today – both as a species and as individuals – others see such issues as a call to action: offering fresh perspectives, savvy solutions and above all, some glimmers of hope – shaking us back into life again. Here, we welcome authors and speakers with such vision and ambition – helping us to see the light through the darkness and imagining better worlds for all of us. 

Val McDermid & Jo Sharp: Shaping a Better Future

Wednesday 19 August 20:30 - 21:30

At last year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, bestselling author Val McDermid and professor of geography Jo Sharp were inspired by the festival theme, We Need New Stories. So inspired, in fact, that they turned to a loveable rogues gallery of...

Joshua Wong: Hong Kong’s Champion for Democracy

Sunday 23 August 13:00 - 14:00

‘Hong Kongers will never surrender, because we have nowhere else to turn.’ At age 14, Joshua Wong co-founded the student activist group Scholarism, protesting the enforcement of Chinese National Education in Hong Kong. He went on to become a very...

Olivia Laing: Art is Political

Tuesday 25 August 19:00 - 20:00

Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency is more than just a collection of Olivia Laing’s essays over decades. Ranging from interviews and profiles to reflections and confessionals, Laing’s characteristic generosity of spirit and optimism of purpose...
How can we rediscover human solidarity when the world feels like it has lost its way? The European Union is under extreme strain, the US has lost its moral credibility, and the world is so divided that it seems unable to address global threats to the...

Arundhati Roy: Portal to a New World

Monday 31 August 16:00 - 17:00

Following her unmissable conversation with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival, we are thrilled to welcome back one of the world’s best-respected authors to discuss her new book of essays, Azadi. The...