Margaret Atwood

BOOK FESTIVAL – Margaret Atwood & Neil Gaiman

“This is where it ends,” says Neil Gaiman, taking to the stage with Margaret Atwood on the last evening of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. As guest selectors, tonight marks the last of their many individual appearances over the course of the festival, covering not only their inimitable bodies of work, but also their influences […]

BOOK FESTIVAL – Horror & Weirdness, A Scottish Peculiarity

“Is it because half of the year it’s very dark?” asks Margaret Atwood, wondering what it is about Scotland which seems to draw its writers to the sinister and supernatural. “With nothing but whisky,” replies Ian Rankin, whose own novels may not have strong supernatural elements, but certainly still take a walk on the dark […]

BOOK FESTIVAL – Writing Under The Influence

“You’ve just been curated!” So says Margaret Atwood to Granta Best Young British Novelist Naomi Alderman and multi-award winning Valerie Martin, as host of Writing Under The Influence, one of several events she is chairing at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. Focusing on topics and influences considered outwith the mainstream, the event proves to […]

BOOK FESTIVAL – Margaret Atwood – The Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood has journeyed to Edinburgh by sea, thus avoiding the risk of jet lag. But it’s much more than that which explains her sharpness of mind and wit in this sell-out event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Guardian Books critic John Mullan sets out the rules of this ‘book club’ event (“I’m assuming […]