NEWS – Edinburgh City of Literature launches Iain Banks Season

Iain Banks Season launches in Edinburgh

Marking the recent passing of the much loved Scottish author, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust has brought together programmers in the city to create an Iain Banks season. A series of events running across Edinburgh – a UNESCO City of Literature – over July and August 2013, it recognises the impact of the renowned writer and celebrates his literary and science-fiction styles.

The programme ranges from film screening, book quiz and exhibition, to spoken word, creative writing and panel discussion. It gets underway this week with an exhibition of science-fiction poetry at the Scottish Poetry Library from Thursday 4 July until the end of August. Events kick off on Sunday 7 July with an evening of utopian spoken word, This Side of Paradise from Edinburgh based literary troupe, Illicit Ink and compèred by science-fiction visionary Andrew J. Wilson. The season culminates with an event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Sunday 25 August, where close literary friends Ken MacLeod, Val McDermid and Ian Rankin will debate and discuss the work of Iain Banks from his debut novel The Wasp Factory to Stonemouth and the posthumously published The Quarry.

Ali Bowden, director of the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust said: “The Iain Banks season lets our City of Literature pay tribute to a brilliant author, a local and someone we knew and loved. It’s a varied programme of events and we hope encourages new readers to Iain’s work, as well as those familiar with it to explore more widely.”

Further programme highlights include a one-off screening at Filmhouse of the 1996 BBC adaptation of The Crow Road starring Joe McFadden, Bill Paterson and Peter Capaldi and a creative writing project to generate new work inspired by opening lines from Iain Banks’ books.

The Iain Banks season is produced by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust in partnership with Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh City Libraries, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Illicit Ink, Society of Young Publishers Scotland, Filmhouse and the Scottish Poetry Library.

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