BOOKS: EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

By Lucy Ashton

While there may only be a few days left of the 2021 Festival (the final event is on Monday evening) there is still plenty to enjoy – and of course almost everything is available to watch on demand.

Yesterday at the Book Festival the organisers premiered the final Reading Scotland film, created by Niamh McKeown and Ross Sayers inspired by his YA novel Daisy on the Outer Line, Raja Shehadeh joined in from Ramallah, Samanta Schweblin from Argentina and Jackie Kay was here in person with her biography and tribute to Bessie Smith.

EVENTS TODAY – Friday 27 August

(Events marked ** will be shown on the Big Screen in the Book Festival Courtyard at Edinburgh College of Art)

09:30     Drawalong with Beatrice Blue

10:00     Happy Here with Dean Atta, Patrice Lawrence & Yomi Sode (Watch here)

10:15     John Agard & Piet Grobler:  A Poem for Our Planet**  (Watch here)

11:30     Devi Sridhar, pictured above:  A Very Political Pandemic** (Watch here)

13:00     Daisy Lefarge & Evie Wyld: Strong Female Lead** (Watch here)

13:15     Elizabeth Knox:  The Political Force of Fantasy (Watch here)

14:30     Matt Haig:  Reasons to Feel Ok** (Watch here)

16:00     Francis Spufford:  The Lives They May Have Led (Watch here)

16:15     Cressida Cowell: Never & Forever** (Watch here)

17:30     Tracy Thorn:  Music, Memories & The Blue Moon Rose** (Watch here)

Supported by Cirrus Logic

19:00     David Keenan:  A Mausoleum for the Two of Us (Watch here)

19:15     Forces of Nature: Youth Voices of Climate Change** (Watch here)

The New York Times Series

20:30     You’ve Never Slept in Mine by Jessie Kesson, adapted by Jenni Fagan** (Watch here)

EVENTS TOMORROW – Saturday 28 August

09:30     Drawalong with Sarah van Dongen (Facebook)

11:15     Naoise Dolan & Naomi Ishiguro: Growing Pains

11:30     Sita Brahmachari, Cressida Cowell & Piers Torday: What a Wonderful World**

13:00     Emma Dabiri Beyond the Anti-Racism ‘How To’ Guide**

14:15     Ed Miliband & Ece Temelkuran: The World We Want**

14:30     Claire-Louise Bennett: Imagining a Writer

16:00     Gavin Esler & Samir Puri: Brexit, Britain and the Legacy of Empire**

17:15     Shon Faye & Travis Alabanza: Freedom Beyond Toxic Narratives**

17:30     Kayo Chingonyi: The Poetry of Existence

19:00     Jeremy Atherton Lin: Coming Out, Going Out**

20:15     The New York Times Book Review:  The Power of Words

20:30     Hysteria: A Post-Apocalyptic Cabaret**

(Events marked ** will be shown on the Big Screen in the Book Festival Courtyard at Edinburgh College of Art)

Scotrail have trains running direct from West Dunbartonshire to Edinburgh over the weekend.  It’s a festival not to be missed.

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