Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Visions of a Better Future

We welcome authors and speakers with vision and ambition – helping us to see the light through the darkness and imagining better worlds for all of us.

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Visions of a Better Future

About Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Visions of a Better Future

With this year’s news headlines reading like titles of post-apocalyptic novels, it is hard to imagine a time in recent history when we have been more in need of some positive and constructive thought.

While it’s easy to feel a sense of paralysis and hopelessness in the face of the many issues affecting us today – both as a species and as individuals – others see such issues as a call to action: offering fresh perspectives, savvy solutions and above all, some glimmers of hope – shaking us back into life again. Here, we welcome authors and speakers with such vision and ambition – helping us to see the light through the darkness and imagining better worlds for all of us.

Val McDermid & Jo Sharp: Shaping a Better Future
Wednesday 19 August 20:30 - 21:30
Edited by McDermid and Sharp, Imagine A Country is the fascinating, eclectic and often inspiring result. In this event, Val McDermid and Jo Sharp host acclaimed writers Ali Smith, Jo Clifford and Leila Aboulela, who read their contributions and discuss how we might create a better future for the greatest number of people.
This is a live event, with an author Q&A.

Joshua Wong: Hong Kong’s Champion for Democracy
Sunday 23 August 13:00 - 14:00
At age 14, Joshua Wong co-founded the student activist group Scholarism, protesting the enforcement of Chinese National Education in Hong Kong. He went on to become a very public leader of the Umbrella Movement, as a founding member and secretary-general of the pro-democracy party Demosistō.
In this very special event, Joshua Wong joins us live from Hong Kong with an urgent call for all of us to defend democracy.

Olivia Laing: Art is Political
Tuesday 25 August 19:00 - 20:00
With Fiona Bradley, Director of the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Olivia Laing unpacks our political, emotional and creative selves, drawing us in to her career-spanning conversations with art, with artists, and with herself.
This is a live event, with an author Q&A.

Amin Maalouf & Jonathan Sacks: Rediscovering Our Moral Compass
Friday 28 August 16:00 - 17:00
In this event, two leading thinkers discuss potential solutions to the world’s moral identity crisis. Formerly Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Jonathan Sacks remains a leading public intellectual and his new book is Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times.

Born in Beirut, Amin Maalouf is one of the Arab world’s most respected writers. His fifth novel, The Rock of Tanios, won the prestigious Prix Goncourt while his latest non-fiction book is Adrift: How the World Lost Its Way. Join them for an invigorating discussion about how a divided world might rediscover a shared humanity, chaired by former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway.
This is a live event, with an author Q&A.

Arundhati Roy: Portal to a New World
Monday 31 August 16:00 - 17:00
Following her unmissable conversation with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival, we are thrilled to welcome back Arundhati Roy, one of the world’s best-respected authors to discuss her new book of essays, Azadi.

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