Books events in Edinburgh

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Events in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Launch: Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell

Edinburgh Launch: Memory and Straw by Angus Peter Campbell

25th July 2018
Winner of the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year 2017, Angus Peter Campbell will be launching the new paperback edition of Memory and Straw at Waterstones West End on 25th July. Read more
Dara the Dormouse with Fuschia Phlox at City Art Centre

Dara the Dormouse with Fuschia Phlox at City Art Centre

26th July 2018
Hear stories about Dara the Dormouse and do a fun quiz at the City Art Centre on 26th July. These books educate children about stranger danger, bullying and road safety. Read more
Launch Party: Choose Life Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location

Launch Party: Choose Life Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location

2nd August 2018
Luath Press invites you to the Launch Party of 'Choose Life Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location by Trainspotting expert and 'Leith Walks' tour guide Tim Bell. Read more
Edinburgh Intenational Book Festival Themes: Stripped

Edinburgh Intenational Book Festival Themes: Stripped

11th August 2018 - 25th August 2018
Edinburgh Intenational Book Festival Stripped programme celebrates comics and graphic novels in style, with authors and artists from around the world bring pictures and performance. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes:  Mind and Body

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Mind and Body

11th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
In this strand authors explore the complex functionality of the brain, the mysterious workings of the body’s mighty immune system and navigate the connections between physical and mental health. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes:  Muriel Spark 100

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Muriel Spark 100

11th August 2018 - 24th August 2018
In Muriel Spark's centenary year an array of writers gather to remind us of the power of her work. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Freedom and Equality

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Freedom and Equality

11th August 2018 - 27th August 2018
From freedom of speech to freedom of movement, free trade to the free internet, ideas about the meaning of freedom are the focus of many discussions this year. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Music Matters

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Music Matters

11th August 2018 - 25th August 2018
Music Matters - In this series of events we welcome musicians who have put down their instrument and picked up a pen to record the pleasure and pain of their experiences. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Our Planet and Us

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Our Planet and Us

11th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
This series of events looks at the precarious pact between people and planet Earth and how it’s time to act while the future of the planet is still in our hands. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Playing with Books

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Playing with Books

11th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
This year we have lined up events featuring hip hop, opera, music and more, plus special performances. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Politics for Change

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Politics for Change

11th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
The Book Festival is a place where politicians and audiences can share ideas about how to improve society, the economy and culture. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Revolting Women

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Revolting Women

11th August 2018 - 25th August 2018
Check out the events at Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Revolting Women, the militants and mavericks from 1918-2018. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Scottish Ideas

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Scottish Ideas

12th August 2018 - 27th August 2018
This series of events explores the innovations, history and ideas which make this country such a fount of intellectual curiosity. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Identity Parades

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Identity Parades

13th August 2018 - 15th August 2018
Afua Hirsch’s series of interviews with writers and creative people explores to what extent we are free to define and express our own identity. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Sport and Society

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Sport and Society

13th August 2018 - 27th August 2018
In this series of events, authors and sports people talk about some of the issues, both financial and personal, surrounding sport. Read more
Edinburgh Intenational Book Festival Themes: Year of Young People: Codename F

Edinburgh Intenational Book Festival Themes: Year of Young People: Codename F

14th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
Edinburgh Intenational Book Festival has been working with youngsters aged 8-14 who live in and around Craigmillar, Edinburgh and in Codename F the group explores a range of topics. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Babble On - Spoken Word

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Babble On - Spoken Word

16th August 2018 - 19th August 2018
Babble On - Spoken Word gives you the chance to get to know some of the most exhilarating and talented poets writing today a lot better. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Killing Democracy?

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Killing Democracy?

18th August 2018 - 20th August 2018
In this series of conversations, economist Yanis Varoufakis further explores the question of whether the current form of globalised capitalism is forcing democracy towards its ultimate demise. Read more
Catalonia and Caledonia: parallels and possibilities with Chris Bambery and George Kerevan

Catalonia and Caledonia: parallels and possibilities with Chris Bambery and George Kerevan

20th August 2018
The surge for independence in Catalonia has thrown up similarities with our own nation. Authors Chris Bambery & George Kerevan discuss the parallels and possibilities this presents for both countries. Read more
Keir Hardie and the politics of today with Pauline Bryan and Gordon Munro

Keir Hardie and the politics of today with Pauline Bryan and Gordon Munro

20th August 2018
Pauline Bryan, editor of What Would Keir Hardie Say? in conversation with Edinburgh councillor Gordon Munro, discussing topical political issues in the light of the legacy of Keir Hardie. Read more
Radical roads to tackling inequality with Henry McLeish and Neil Findlay

Radical roads to tackling inequality with Henry McLeish and Neil Findlay

20th August 2018
A political discussion with Former First Minister Henry McLeish, author of Citizens United, and Neil Findlay, author of Socialism and Hope. Read more
Scotia Nova with James Mitchell, Katherine Trebeck and Andrew Wilson

Scotia Nova with James Mitchell, Katherine Trebeck and Andrew Wilson

21st August 2018
James Mitchell, author of Hamilton 1967 discusses the future of Scotland with author Katherine Trebeck and Andrew Wilson, Chair of the Sustainable Growth Commission. Read more
Whisky in song and verse with Scotland’s Whisky Bard Robin Laing

Whisky in song and verse with Scotland’s Whisky Bard Robin Laing

21st August 2018
Robin Laing, singer-songwriter and long-time Chair of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Tasting Panel, brings the history of Scotland’s national drink to life. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: The Sea Around Us

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: The Sea Around Us

22nd August 2018 - 24th August 2018
In this series of keynote interviews, Tania Kovats explores the complex relationship between the oceans and the humans who exploit them. Read more
The ‘Troubles’: Belfast from two perspectives with Brian Allaway and Peter Geoghegan

The ‘Troubles’: Belfast from two perspectives with Brian Allaway and Peter Geoghegan

22nd August 2018
Join Brian Allaway, author of Belfast Firefighters and Irish investigative journalist Peter Geoghegan as they discuss The ‘Troubles’! Read more
Communites, quirks and all: from Galloway to Skara Brae with James McEnaney and Hugh McMillan

Communites, quirks and all: from Galloway to Skara Brae with James McEnaney and Hugh McMillan

23rd August 2018
JAMES McENANEY, Lecturer, journalist, writer and teacher is in conversation with HUGH McMILLAN, a poet and writer in this event as part of ScotlandsFest 2018. Read more
Edinburgh beyond the guide book with Jenni Calder and Tim Bell

Edinburgh beyond the guide book with Jenni Calder and Tim Bell

23rd August 2018
Jenni Calder, author of Existential Edinburgh: An Eccentric Odyssey, shares her personal experience of the city along with Tim Bell, author of Choose Life, Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location. Read more
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Illustrator in Residence

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Illustrator in Residence

25th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
The Edinburgh International Book Festival is thrilled to welcome back Iranian artist Ehsan Abdollahi, this time as Illustrator in Residence. Read more
One Hundred and Sixty Copperplates: Andrew Bell’s Illustrations for the first edition (1771) of the Encyclopaedia Britannica

One Hundred and Sixty Copperplates: Andrew Bell’s Illustrations for the first edition (1771) of the Encyclopaedia Britannica

13th September 2018
Ann Gunn examines the plates for the Encyclopaedia, the sources Andrew Bell used, and the importance he accorded the illustrations as an integral part of the publication. Read more
The Hidden Lives of Early Scottish Children’s Books

The Hidden Lives of Early Scottish Children’s Books

24th September 2018
Discover a rich forgotten heritage of chapbooks, fairy tales, fables, and more, as well as stories about the little readers who once held them in their hands. Read more
Musical Stories

Musical Stories

1st December 2018
To celebrate Bookweek Scotland, join storyteller Daniel Allison to hear some captivating tales brought to life with music and inspired by the traditional tales we all know and loved as children. Read more

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