At the Book Festival we are passionately interested in matters of the mind – but this year we consider the all-important role our bodies play in our sense of self. From the ‘body positivity’ movement, to our physical and mental health, how do our bodies and bodily functions help shape who we are? We invite writers and thinkers to join us for open and candid discussions about the machine we live in, reflecting on how we talk about things like ageing, illness, disability, sex, birth and our own mortality – including the role AI could (and can) play in enhancing our body and mind. Expect fun and frank discussions about a subject integral to almost everything we do.
Joan Bakewell with Richard Holloway: Moving On
Sunday 15 August 10:00 - 11:00
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In an event which promises to be full of honesty and grace, Bakewell talks to Scottish writer and broadcaster Richard Holloway, who is also fascinated by the joys and challenges of ageing.
Eva Baltasar & Lina Meruane: Body Politics
Thursday 19 August 16:15 - 17:15
In today’s event Eva Baltasar and Lina Meruane discuss their work and their worldviews.
Raynor Winn with Sally Magnusson: Nature and Mortality
Saturday 21 August 14:30 - 15:30
Raynor Winn talks to Sally Magnusson about her new memoir, The Wild Silence, which recounts the couple’s delightful peregrinations and surprising challenges while building a life in their new home.
Maggie O'Farrell: Loves, Labours, Loss
Saturday 21 August 19:00 - 20:00
Join Maggie O'Farrell for a fascinating look inside the mind of an author who has produced fiction and non-fiction of the highest order.
Jeanette Winterson: Machines Like Us
Sunday 22 August 13:00 - 14:00
In this entertaining and thought-provoking talk, the author of novels including Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Frankissstein explores how we got here, and where we might go next.
Alison Bechdel: Can Exercise Fix Us?
Monday 23 August 14:30 - 15:30
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Alison Bechdel is joined by writer Heather Parry in a conversation that is guaranteed to be more rewarding and enlivening than an hour on the treadmill.
Peter Scott-Morgan: Rewiring Humanity
Tuesday 24 August 17:30 - 18:30
We are thrilled to welcome Peter Scott-Morgan to the Festival for this special Frederick Hood Memorial event to discuss his transition after being diagnosed with MND (Motor Neurone Disease) and above all his desire to carry on living and loving those around him.
Eimear McBride: Disgust
Thursday 26 August 16:00 - 17:00
Eimear McBride has built a loyal audience for her inventive, multi award-winning novels including A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, and we are thrilled to welcome her back.
Olivia Laing: Your Body is a Battleground
Thursday 26 August 16:15 - 17:15
Olivia Laing joins us to discuss her new book 'Everybody' her ideas today with poet and novelist Helen Mort.
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Edinburgh Corn Exchange Car Boot Sale Market is open but with strict rules and guidelines. Come and join us for some bargains and for sellers to have a clearout!
Meander Apparel Sunday Socials are free weekly bike rides leaving from the George Street store, providing the chance for any casual cyclists to meet new people with common interests.
Come and visit Humbie Dean, a two-acre ornamental and woodland garden sandwiched between two burns at 600 feet with interest throughout a long season!