In her pivotal 2019 Book Festival event, former Irish president and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson roused the audience with a defiant call to action on Climate Change: ‘First of all, make Climate Change personal in your life… the second step is get angry and get active…and the third step – and believe it or not I think this is the most important – we have to imagine this world that we want to hurry towards’.
Inspired by her powerful words, we’ve invited authors, activists, environmentalists and naturalists that have done exactly those things – whether talking directly about Climate Change; examining the beauty of our natural world; or meditating on the landscapes and environments we inhabit – they have all made it personal.
Tales of Two Planets: Making Climate Change Personal
Thursday 20 August 14:30 - 15:30
In his new anthology Tales of Two Planets, writer and editor John Freeman brings together writers to tell us their personal stories of climate change and action around the world. Joining Freeman is Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat, Aotearoa poet Tayi Tibble and British-Malaysian photographer Ian Teh to share their stories.
Why Plastic isn’t Fantastic: Dapo Adeola & Nathan Bryon
Saturday 22 August 10:00 - 11:00
When Rocket goes on holiday to visit her grandparents, she is shocked by the pollution that's spoiling their island home and putting local sea life at risk.
CLEAN UP! is the sequel to LOOK UP!, Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award and Foyles Book of the Year shortlisted debut from Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola.
Learn more about Rocket’s latest fight for her future and what YOU can do about plastic pollution from the dynamic duo themselves in this fantastic event. Get a peek behind the scenes as Dapo and Nathan ask each other questions about how they met and came to make the books, plus enjoy an exclusive reading of CLEAN UP!.
Kathleen Jamie, Chitra Ramaswamy & Amanda Thomson: Antlers of Water
Monday 24 August 16:00 - 17:00
In a discussion led by the BBC's Clare English, Jamie is joined by award-winning journalist Chitra Ramaswamy as well as visual artist and writer Amanda Thomson – both contributors to the anthology – to discuss Scotland, landscape and the more-than-human world around us.
Helen Macdonald: The Natural World Beyond ‘H is For Hawk’
Tuesday 25 August 20:30 - 21:30
Helen Macdonald is back with Vesper Flights, a series of thoughtful essays about her relationship with an array of other living things. Ranging from mushrooms, glow-worms, deer and hares to falcons, swans and swifts (and even a few humans), Macdonald’s essays exist at the intersection of nature and politics.
In this event Macdonald discusses her work and ideas with fellow author and the Guardian's chief culture writer, Charlotte Higgins.
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Hear the fascinating but littleknown stories of Edinburgh’s deep connections with Africa, Asia and the Caribbean over the past 500 years.