Edinburgh Book Festival 2012 day planner
Julia Donaldson, AC Grayling, AL Kennedy and Alexander McCall Smith amongst the authors to grace this year's book fest
This article is from 2012.
Saturday 11th August
The Glasgow-based Children’s Laureate kicks off the Book Festival with a performance-based show in which she brings life to stories such as The Gruffalo and Superworm. Hubbie Malcolm will be on hand to help things along.
The horrors of the Holocaust will never (and should never) leave us, and in A Train in Winter, Moorhead has spoken to Auschwitz survivors for a powerful biography.
3.30pm, £10 (£8).
The scourge of Rupert Murdoch has made it his goal to have the standards of journalism brought under the public microscope and here he talks about a monumental couple of years for the media and for Britain.
8pm, £10 (£8).
It’s been a busy old year for the Glasgow-based author with his excellent Tales from the Mall being joined on the shelves by a new novel, Close Your Eyes, which features a woman trying to discover the truth about the mother who abandoned her three decades earlier.
8.30pm, £10 (£8).
Sunday 12th August
The festival’s regular exploration of the areas where words, music and performance clash has an impressive roster during August including the likes of Nile Rodgers, a Literary Death Match and a showcase of Iceland’s writerly talent.
Monday 13th August
The Dundee-born author may have branched out into the world of stand-up comedy in recent times, but here she’s back talking books and in particular the often difficult process of getting those words onto the page in the first place.
Reng’s A Life Too Short is a difficult but essential read for anyone who wants an insight into the troubled mind of sporting heroes fighting their inner demons. In German goalkeeper Robert Enke’s case, he tragically lost that battle.
It’s a whole decade since Neil Gaiman’s story of a lonely girl was published and here the festival’s Illustrator-in-Residence joins the author to discuss the special anniversary edition they have worked on together.
8pm, £7 (£5).
Tuesday 14th August
With The Teleportation Incident, Beauman is continuing to prove that he has an idiosyncratic voice very much worth hearing, while Harkaway’s Angelmaker features sinister cults and shady lawyers.
The apparently warped criminal justice system in the USA has kept British-born lawyer Stafford Smith busy for many years and in his new book, Injustice, we learn of yet further travesties in the Land of the Free.
More entertaining business from the massively popular author as he does more of his kids stuff with Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill, as we flash back into Mma Ramotswe’s early life and first ever case.
The great outdoors is the area of intrigue for Hughes and Jamie. In Tracks, Hughes discusses his walks across Britain featuring rambles over Islay and Orkney, while Jamie’s Sightlines explores the weird edges of wildlife.
The future of Scottish crime writing seems in pretty safe hands with this pair about. Modern Edinburgh is Black’s terrain while Ferris has penned successfully about post-war Glasgow.
Wednesday 15th August
The acclaimed South African writer and commentator turns her attention back to the time of General Gordon and the tragic siege of Khartoum with An Honourable Man.
Maths genius Tammet shares his world with us in an hour of entertaining equations and fascinating fractions.
The former List cartoonist discusses The Day Louis Got Eaten and offers children the opportunity to help him create a new story.
The Orwell Prizewinner discusses Palestine, politics and playwriting.
In this fast and furious event, performance poets go head to head and see who can tough it out the longest. It won’t be like those rap battles, though, so you won’t need to take shelter from all the rude words (we think).
8.30pm, £7 (£5).
Thursday 16th August
One of the country’s pioneers in the Young Adult fiction game is here to chat about A Monster Calls, his award-shortlisted new novel. 5pm, £7 (£5).
For a couple of years, the festival has commissioned short tales form an array of wonderful writers such as Roddy Doyle, Alan Warner and Yiyun Li and those endeavours have now been realised with the project being published. This launch event features appearances from key contributors.
Always one of the popular draws of the festival, Brookmyre is here with his annual new novel, this one is entitled When the Devil Drives and features the uncovering of decades of vice in Glasgow.
All events at Charlotte Square Gardens and priced £10 (£8) unless stated.