One of the major shows during the Edinburgh Festival that always surprises is the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The first time I attended it was a delight and each year its appeal never fails. There are of course the authors and if you are lucky enough to book your ticket in time, you can meet with them at one of the many events.
As can be seen from our photos it s not just the events that attract, it is the beautiful gardened area of Charlotte Square that brings the people too. Add to this the shops with a large display of books, including a shop that specialises in Children’s material the visitor is in book heaven. Today it was pure perfection, as the sun shines, and the crowds just flock in.
12:30 Ben Chu & David Eimer – Chu and Eimer explore whether it is possible to get a real sense of what China means, both to the outside world and to itself.
15:00 Iain Macwhirter – In the first of our events examining Scotland’s Future, Macwhirter outlines his view of the steps he believes Scotland and England will take after the referendum.
16:30 Sweet Potato & Callaloo – Jackie Kay introduces a vibrant generation of writers and poets whose work has its roots in the Caribbean. Part of the Empire Café series.
17:00 The Voices in Our Head – Nathan Filer, Edward Carey and Matthew Quick talk about their relationships with their characters and their inner voices exploring how a writer hears and channels the creative voice that drives a narrative or character. Part of ‘Conversations with Ourselves’.
20:00 Letters Live – Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note celebrates the humble magic of the lost art of letter writing. Joining Usher to read and discuss their favourites are Patrick Kennedy, Lisa Dwan, Jackie Kay, John Lloyd, Richard Herring, Bridget Christie, Richard Holloway, Lucy Porter and Simon Garfield
20:30 Zoe Howe – Howe talks to Vic Galloway about her no-holds-barred tale of cult Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain.
To Look Out For Tomorrow- Sunday 10th August 2014:
12:00 Margaret MacMillan – This week when we commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI, MacMillan explains the motivations and mistakes that tipped us into the Great War.
13:30 Jung Chang – Charting the life of the woman that dragged China into the modern age, Chang offers a fascinating account of the birth of modern China
16:30 Judith Kerr & Matthew Kneale – Acclaimed author and illustrator Judith Kerr is joined by her son, novelist Matthew Kneale to discuss creative heritage and inheritance. What travels with us from childhood to form the adults we become?
18:30 Rowan Williams – Presenting a moving and uplifting new collection of poetry, Williams explores moments of human transformation, whether in body or in spirit.
19:00 Dialogue 1: Commonwealth – Scottish novelist Louise Welsh, Indian writer Meena Kandasamy and Jamaican-born Geoff Palmer ask what the Commonwealth can tell us about post-referendum Scotland.
20:00 Kirsty Walk – One of the nominees for the Book Festival’s First Book Award, Wark presents her debut novel The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle.