Happy staff wind up the Book Festival in Edinburgh Art College courtyard.
By Bill Heaney
Edinburgh Book Festival is about to turn to the final page of this year’s events. All good things must come to an end, and after 17 incredible days the 2022 Edinburgh International Book Festival has sold its books and mugs, packed up the yurts, and gently shooed the very last few authors off site.
The organisers today said thank you so much to everyone who has made this year’s Festival so very special: the authors who joined them from all over the world, the security team that kept them safe, the Friends, Benefactors and Patrons who helped them put on such a great variety of events, the incredible team of Book Festival staff who worked tirelessly to make it all happen – and, of course, the audiences who joined them, whether in-person at the bustling Book Festival Village or online, and made this year’s Festival one to remember.
“We’ll be sending out an online survey in the coming weeks to gather your feedback as we start planning for next year, but in the meantime read on for great events you can still watch online, a very special Book Festival event coming up in September, and the chance to win ten books of your choice,” a spokesperson told The Democrat.
She added: “Luckily, while this year’s Festival may be over, you can still relive the magic by watching a wealth of events online on a Pay What You Can basis.
“Many events are available to watch until the end of the month and some for longer. You’ll find the video expiration date on the individual event listing – if there is no date listed, the video will be available to watch until the end of the year.
“While there are more events available to watch on-demand than we can list, here is a small sample of what awaits…
- Jarvis Cocker chats to Heather Parry about his unique career, his creative process and the places you can get to, all the way from South Yorkshire.
- Julian Barnes discusses his latest work, Elizabeth Finch – a loving tribute to a singular imaginary woman who teaches Culture and Civilization and who ‘radically accepts’ the world.
- Jump into the irresistible world of Lucrezia de’ Medici as Maggie O’Farrell, left, launches The Marriage Portrait, a portrayal of the battle for survival by a captivating young duchess in 16th century Florence.
- Hear Golden Globe-winning Dundonian actor Brian Cox discuss his memoir Putting the Rabbit in the Hat with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
- Don’t miss poetry’s rising star Ocean Vuong as he discusses the grief, trauma and love that lie at the heart of his new poetry collection, Time is a Mother.
- Available until the end of the year:
- Hear Noam Chomsky discuss Chronicles of Dissent, an accessible and broad-ranging collection of talks for those who seek new perspectives on the big topics of our time.
- Uncover the unlawful deportation of the inhabitants of the Chagos Islands by the British Government as chronicled by Philippe Sands QC’s The Last Colony, in an unmissable (and musical!) performance narrated by Sands alongside actor Adjoa Andoh, who embodies one Chagosian inhabitant determined to return to her ancestral home.
- Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon returned to the Book Festival for the first time since 2014 to discuss Claire, Jamie and all things Outlander.
- Join one of Scotland’s favourite entertainers for a thoroughly entertaining hour as Alan Cumming discusses his most recent book, Baggage.
- Booker Prize-winning author of Shuggie Bain Douglas Stuart returned to the Book Festival to discuss his latest gut-punch of a novel, Young Mungo, in conversation with Val McDermid.
- Our dazzling line-up of online events also includes Armando Iannucci, Ottessa Moshfegh, Michael Pedersen, and Maria Ressa, so be sure to have a look.
- Don’t forget to enter Festival supporter Baillie Gifford’s prize draw to win ten books of your choice from the 2022 programme. Subscribe to their Trust magazine e-newsletter before midnight on Sunday 25 September to enter.From artificial intelligence to gene sequencing, transport, and the food we eat, the world is changing fast. All these themes and more feature in Baillie Gifford’s Trust magazine, which brings you an array of thoughtful articles on the ideas that shape our world, along with featured author interviews, information on Baillie Gifford events, and promotions from their busy literary sponsorship programme. Roman Krznaric, Gillian Tett, Martin Rees are some of those who’ve helped us frame our understanding of the world, and all can be found in the pages of Trust.
To be in with a chance of winning, visit the entry page for full details. Terms and conditions apply.