Book Festival


There is a moment during Will Self’s second reading from his unconventional new novel – the Booker-longlisted Umbrella – when the explosions from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo mirror the book’s narrative of the machine gun hell of the Somme. Host Stuart Kelly smiles, the audience titters: but Self carries on unflinchingly, caught up in his […]

PREVIEW – Edinburgh International Book Festival 2011

The calm serenity of Charlotte Square is perhaps not where you would normally expect talk of revolution to hang in the air, but during 2011’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, the power of words to inspire and incite action will feature heavily in Festival Director Nick Barley’s programme. Guest curator and BBC Special Correspondent Allan Little […]

REVIEW – Will Self, Edinburgh Book Festival

Will Self’s weapon of choice is his inimitably erudite vocabulary: he is unashamed to let loose multi-syllabled salvos into his writing – and into the audience at this entertaining and characteristically acerbic event at the Book Festival. Reading three passages from his recent fictionalised travelogue “Walking To Hollywood”, Self strode around the platform unaccompanied, spitting […]

REVIEW – Alex Preston In Conversation with Oliver James (Edinburgh Book Festival)

Thursday 19th August, Scottish Power Tent Alex Preston’s first novel, “This Bleeding City”, nominated for The Readers’ First Book Award, has been presented as a novel about the credit crunch, with Preston being accused by the press of making a case for bankers and the City of London. Psychologist Oliver James, author of ‘Affluenza’ – […]

REVIEW – Norman Foster & Deyan Sudjic (Edinburgh Book Festival)

(Norman Foster not present due to cancellation) Edinburgh Book Festival, RBS Main Theatre, Wednesday 18th August Writer Deyan Sudjic’s latest book, Norman Foster: A Life in Architecture, marks Foster’s 75th birthday and charts his extraordinary career development to becoming a world-renowned architect, now employing over one thousand people, responsible for some of the world’s most […]

REVIEW – David Mitchell (Edinburgh Book Festival)

A self-proclaimed ‘stammering introverted English novelist’, David Mitchell spent an entertaining hour at the RBS Main Theatre reading from his recently-published novel “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet”. At this Open University event chaired by Steven Gale, we were treated to two passages from the book. The first, a vivid and sense-rich portrayal of […]

REVIEW – A L Kennedy, Edinburgh Book Festival

As she limps onstage, Costa award-winning novelist, comedian and columnist A L Kennedy explains she’s suffering the after effects of an unfortunate countryside accident, where she stepped on a large thorn that went straight through her foot. Fortunately, she manages to solider on, reading an extract from her forthcoming novel, which she hasn’t yet given […]

REVIEW – David Shrigley, Edinburgh Book Festival

David Shrigley, Edinburgh Book Festival, Scottish Power Tent, 17th August   “Fill the page.” Contemporary artist David Shrigley aims to produce thirty drawings a day. The artist’s prolific output is celebrated in a definitive collection of his humorous, thought-provoking and sometimes sinister work, brought together in a new book, entitled “What the Hell Are You Doing?” […]

NEWS – Book Festival tickets selling fast

Excellent ticket system at EICC We previewed the Edinburgh International Book Festival earlier this week, but were excited today as the tickets went on sale, via the web, telephone and in person at the wonderful Edinburgh International Conference Centre.  Members of the public eager to get their hands on the tickets they wanted started to queue […]