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Alice Finbow: An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Edinburgh

In 1974, French writer Georges Perec (Life A User's Manual) sat in a café in Paris for three days and created a description of everything he could see and hear. The result, Tentative d'épuisement d'un lieu parisien, is one of his enduring celebrations of what he called the 'endotic', the opposite of the exotic. Filmmaker…

The Manna House, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Free / 0131 652 2349

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 08:00 – 18:00

Tue 12 Aug

Free / 0131 652 2349

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 08:00 – 18:00

Wed 13 Aug

Free / 0131 652 2349

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 08:00 – 18:00
…and 18 more dates until 31 Aug

Alain de Botton

What impact is the 24 hour bombardment of news having on us? Philosopher Alain de Botton answers this question in his intriguing book The News: A User’s Manual. Taking a series of archetypal news stories – a disaster, a celebrity interview, a political scandal – he provides an incisive analysis of the ingredients of…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Adrian Wooldridge with Allan Little

Written with fellow Economist editor John Micklethwait, Adrian Wooldridge’s The Fourth Revolution analyses the global history of national government and argues that a successful, competitive country depends on its ability to reinvent its state. With the UK potentially on the cusp of major constitutional change, Wooldridge…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Wed 13 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Alan Warner

A new Alan Warner novel is always cause for celebration. The man who wrote The Sopranos, Morvern Callar and prize-winning The Deadman’s Pedal returns to Edinburgh to launch Their Lips Talk of Mischief. Set in 1980s London, it centres on two struggling writers penning calendar captions and trashy novels in an effort to eke…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

1001 Arabian Nights with James Mayhew

Come and discover the mysterious tales of the Arabian Nights, stories originally compiled in Arabic during the time of the Islamic Golden Age. Our Illustrator in Residence, James Mayhew, takes you on an unforgettable journey as he recounts some of the 1001 tales, drawing as he goes to the evocative sound of Scheherazade…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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50 Shades of Webster

James Webster / PBH's Free Fringe James Webster is a douche bag. He knows because his future self came back in time to tell him. Can he learn to be a better person? Will he master the power of time travel? Why is every past and future version of himself such a massive tool? One thing's clear: he really needs to get…

Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

Lizard Lounge

Free / 0131 226 4224

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Fri 15 Aug

Lizard Lounge

Free / 0131 226 4224

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 18 Aug

Lizard Lounge

Free / 0131 226 4224

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 22 Aug

A Short Story About A Story

A L Kennedy / Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms The true roots of fiction are often misunderstood, strangely explained and just plain lied about. Writer and broadcaster AL Kennedy uncovers how a short story really came to be. (May include some fibbing.). All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Wed 13 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A Very Edinburgh Celebration!

Ron Butlin, Dick Lee & Anne Evans Ron Butlin (former Edinburgh Poet Laureate) and highly acclaimed musicians Dick Lee and Anne Evans return for a fourth year with a brand-new version of their sell-out, five-star show. A unique and off-beat celebration, offering an affectionate and satirical take on Edinburgh’s…

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£10 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 19 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£10 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe

£10 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 25 Aug

A Work of Art

Richard Carnaby In his Fringe debut, Richard Carnaby invites you to share a glimpse inside the lives and minds of three curious specimens, who have more in common than may first appear – or than they will ever know. An eccentric critic expounds upon the artist’s portrayal of the female nude, a corporate drone struggles…

Spotlites @ The Merchant's Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

Studio Theatre

£7.50 (£6.50) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 11 Aug

Studio Theatre

£7.50 (£6.50) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 12 Aug

Studio Theatre

£7.50 (£6.50) / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 16 Aug

Adam Begley & Barry Miles

In getting to the heart of an acclaimed author’s soul, sometimes you simply have to look at the work. Adam Begley did just that as he compiled his biography of John Updike, who died five years ago with around 60 books to his name. Barry Miles offers a unique insight into the life of his close friend William Burroughs in…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Adam Foulds & Gerard Woodward

From among the millions of faceless soldiers, exquisite portraits of individuals in the thick of the Second World War are painted in new novels by Man Booker-shortlisted authors. Adam Foulds’s In the Wolf’s Mouth is an eloquent rewriting of the history of an English Field Security Officer and an Italian-American…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Adam Nicolson

Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, Sussex-based Adam Nicolson is on a mission: to emphasise Homer’s continuing relevance to the world. Here, he argues that the great ancient poet can be crucial in helping us understand humanity, love, loss and death. In Nicolson’s book The Mighty Dead, he journeys across France…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Aidan Moffat and the Lavender Blue Dress

Meet acclaimed indie singer-songwriter Aidan Moffat (one half of the band Arab Strap) and hear about his first book. The Lavender Blue Dress tells the story of Mabel, a little girl who wants nothing more than a beautiful dress to wear to the Christmas ball. Told in rhyme, it's a heart-warming tale of family, friendship…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Ajay Close

Close writes political fiction and her latest novel, Trust, was published in February 2014.

St Andrew Blackadder Church, North Berwick

Fri 8 Aug

£11 / 01620 895233

Part of Fringe by the Sea.

Alan Spence

The ever-ambitious writing of Alan Spence this time transports readers back to 18th century Japan. Night Boat features the story of Hakuin, who will become the world’s most famous teacher of Zen. But his journey isn’t without its perils. In this session Spence talks with Gwen Enstam about Buddhism and why his novel is a…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

£7 (£5) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Alasdair Gray

Of Me and Others is as close to Alasdair Gray’s autobiography as we are likely to get. Described by its editor Alistair Braidwood as ‘ribald, humorous, angry and incisive’, this new tome by one of Scotland’s literary superstars describes his meetings with authors such as Anthony Burgess, and explains how he went about…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Wed 13 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Alastair Bonnett & Tom Pow

Making maps is a creative act: what we leave out is as significant as what we include. Alastair Bonnett is a professor of social geography whose book Off the Map is a fascinating exploration of the way maps and the imagination interact. Tom Pow’s poems reflect his fascination with maps and the exploration of new…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

£7 (£5) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Alcohol Costs Too Much!

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Is minimum alcohol pricing making our health worse? Dr Angus Bancroft (University of Edinburgh) reckons so. By treating us like idiots, policymakers turn us into them. Nannying us stops us taking responsibility for ourselves - we take bad risks and get into trouble. Do you think alcohol…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Alex Gray & Gunnar Staalesen

The Commonwealth Games provides a backdrop for The Bird That Did Not Sing, Alex Gray’s new Detective Lorimer tale, in which an enemy threatens to destroy the Games and blow society to shreds. Gray is joined by Norway’s crime writing sensation Gunnar Staalesen, whose Bergen PI Varg Veum (‘the lone wolf’) has captured the…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Alex Gray

The writer of crime thrillers and creator of DI Lorimer (often described as a Glaswegian version of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus) talks about her books and writing.

St Andrew Blackadder Church, North Berwick

Fri 8 Aug

£11 / 01620 895233

Part of Fringe by the Sea.

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Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith’s events are always a good-natured riot. World-renowned for his many bestselling series, he (somehow) found time to write his recent novel, The Forever Girl. This Festival we celebrate the publication of Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party, look forward to the new Mma Ramotswe title, and find out more…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Wed 20 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith’s events are always a good-natured riot. World-renowned for his many bestselling series, he (somehow) found time to write his recent novel, The Forever Girl. This Festival we celebrate the publication of Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party, look forward to the new Mma Ramotswe title, and find out more…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Alexander Moffat & Alan Riach

When the dust settles, fiscal concerns might be seen to have dominated the debate over independence, but for artist Alexander Moffat and poet Alan Riach, the cultural argument should take a leading role. Here, they discuss how the arts have helped shape Scotland’s identity and can fuel broader discussion about the future.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Alexis Dubus: Cars and Girls

Alexis Dubus The award-winning UK comedian's poetic tales of travel and heartbreak. Contains traces of UFOs, truckers, bean festivals and the Dutch. From the creator of international hit show A R ddy Brief History of Swearing. ‘An hour of compelling raconteurship… a series of finely drawn escapades and rich characters…

The Stand Comedy Club V, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

£7 (£6) / 0131 558 7272

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

£8 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Alice Greenway & William Nicholson

The shadows of war loom large in the new novels from Alice Greenway and William Nicholson. In Greenway’s The Bird Skinner a war veteran has retired to a beach house but can’t escape from the memories of his past. Nicholson’s Reckless, meanwhile, narrates how the Cuban Missile Crisis threatens to envelop the already…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Wed 20 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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