EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL: Ten more days to enjoy live events

Maggie O’Farrell at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Picture by Bill Heaney

By Bill Heaney

Week One of the very first hybrid Edinburgh International Book Festival was so special. It’s been an incredible seven  days of sharing ideas, perspectives and experiences.

A week full of discussion, debate and diverse opinions with authors, illustrators, publishers, speakers, guests and audiences in-person at Edinburgh College of Art and remotely from all over the world.

There’s still lots to look forward to at the 2021 Book Festival, whether you’re coming along to the new Festival Village to watch events live in our studios, on the big outdoor screen or from your own sofa at home.

Coming up this weekend…

Scottish BAME Writers Network
Saturday 21 August, 1pm
Eilidh Akilade talks to writers Clementine E Burnley and T L Huchu and researcher and artist Natasha Thembiso Ruwona about the potential that Afrofuturism has to build community. BOOK YOUR SPOT

Scottish BAME Writers Network
Saturday 21 August, 1pm
Eilidh Akilade talks to writers Clementine E Burnley and T L Huchu and researcher and artist Natasha Thembiso Ruwona about the potential that Afrofuturism has to build community.
BOOK YOUR SPOT

Oana Aristide & Courttia Newland: New World Disorder
Sunday 22 August, 5.30pm
Aristide and Newland discuss their dystopian fiction novels and their thoughts on the world we live in today with poet and writer Andrés Ordorica. BOOK YOUR SPOT

Extra Teeth: Words with Bite
Sunday 22 August, 8.30pm
Hear from the founders of literary magazine Extra Teeth and enjoy some readings from some of the magazine’s contributors at this special event. BOOK YOUR SPOT

Don’t miss this weekend’s events with Raynor Winn & Sally Magnusson, Pat Barker, Judith Bryan, S I Martin & Nicola Williams with Bernardine Evaristo, Maggie O’Farrell, pictured above,  Jeanette Winterson, and Scotland’s new Makar Kathleen Jamie. Tickets for attending these events in-person have all been snapped up but they are available to enjoy live online and on-demand on a Pay What You Can basis.

Monday 23 August

Tuesday 24 August

  • Pragya Agarwal & Shon Faye discuss their books on motherhood, fertility and transphobia.
  • Alison Watt and Andrew O’Hagan, pictured right,  share the Edinburgh stage to discuss the joy of influence.
  • Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction winner Craig Brown shares his often hilarious views on biography.
  • Shetland-based poet Jen Hadfield shares her latest collection and short film created by Glasgow filmmaker Alison Piper.

Wednesday 25 August

  • Award-winning writer Tice Cin discusses her remarkable new novel Keeping the House.
  • Elif Shafak shares her research into the surprising links between humans and the natural world.
  • Lavinia Greenlaw joins us live on stage and will be doing an in-person book signing following the event.
  • Living legend Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o appears remotely to discuss his new novel, The Power of Nine.

Look out for more updates from the Book Festival in The Democrat at democratonline.net

 

 

 

 

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