In her 2017 book The Gender Games, Juno Dawson writes: ‘I dare to dream of a world where people can dress, speak and behave how they want, free from mockery, derision, judgement, harassment and danger’.
The fact that this seemingly simple dream is one that needs to be ‘dared’ highlights the plight faced by so many young – and not so young – people today. This year’s series of events for young adults takes a fearless and unflinching look at those issues which still hinder many from being accepted.
From tackling racism and gender stereotypes, to celebrating diversity in all its forms, and empowering people to make their voices heard, these events offer exciting and challenging perspectives for all of us to heed – whether you’re sixteen or decades older.
Dean Atta & George Lester: Shine On
Thursday 20 August 17:30 - 18:30
You will be hard-pushed to find two novels as gloriously unique, full of heart, and downright fabulous as Dean Atta’s The Black Flamingo and George Lester’s Boy Queen.
Through the pages of their books you will be taken on journeys that are both lavish and moving, flamboyant and sensitive, feather-filled and triumphant – and in this unmissable event the pair discuss the soaring highs and profound lows of growing up and getting to know ourselves.
Representation Matters with Hannah Lee & Jessica Love
Sunday 23 August 16:00 - 17:00
Join acclaimed authors Jessica Love and Hannah Lee for readings and live discussion on the importance of children seeing themselves represented in the picture books they read.
Retelling Tales with Joseph Coelho, Juno Dawson & Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Tuesday 25 August 17:30 - 18:30
Three incredible retellings from three outstanding authors: join them to hear more about why they were compelled to revamp classic tales for today’s readers.
Nikita Gill & Nic Stone: Writing Resistance
Thursday 27 August 17:30 - 18:30
Both writers have an extraordinary ability to charge their words full of meaning, so prepare for an electric session chaired by poet, author and SLAM contributor Dean Atta, followed by a live Q&A.
Paul Mendez & Derek Owusu: Thorny Intersections
Sunday 30 August 19:00 - 20:00
Join Derek Owusu and Paul Mendez as they interrogate the forces that seek to cast a shadow over the blossoming of young Black men in the UK today with former Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid - and fall in love with two writers soon to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue.
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Join the Surgeons Hall Museums on their weekend walking tour through Edinburgh’s old town and hear tales of old Edinburgh, disease, dissection and curious methods of treatment.
Join us to carve a Jack-o'-lantern at The Cauldron Edinburgh on Frederick Street in New Town while enjoying a mug of The Cauldron’s signature HallowCream!
Hear the fascinating but littleknown stories of Edinburgh’s deep connections with Africa, Asia and the Caribbean over the past 500 years.