Book Festival Hitlist
This article is from 2009
The best of the Book festival
One of the nation’s most beloved writers recalls her childhood once more as she muses over the tricksily-titled memoir, This is Not About Me. 20 Aug, 11.30am, £9 (£7).
There are few people who could even imagine the terrors of being a child made to fight in a war-torn homeland. This guy has lived it and come through the other side. See page ??. 15 Aug, 8.30pm, £9 (£7).
In a year of poetry shocks, this Shetland-based writer made a few waves of her own by scooping the massively prestigious TS Eliot prize. 17 Aug, 4.30pm, £6 (£4).
The globetrotting comic reflects upon the time he crossed America by trying to avoid the chainstores and brand names. It sure wasn’t easy, boy. See page ??. 16 Aug, 8pm, £9 (£7).
The threat of cancer loomed large over this young Japanese artist, but she turned her pain into a graphic novel of much renown. See page ??. 15 Aug, 2.30pm, £9 (£7); 15 Aug, 5pm, £4.
Feel a little queasy when you hear a far-fetched conspiracy theory? You’ll be in safe hands here as the writer and broadcaster tut tuts before those who seek explanations beyond all reason for some of the world’s most epochal events.
20 Aug, noon, £9 (£7).
The increasingly diverse writer talks crime today alongside genre pal Alex Gray. See page ??. 18 Aug, 6.45pm, £9 (£7).
All events are based in Charlotte Square Gardens. Box office: 0845 373 5888.
The Golden Hour
Guesting at Ryan Van Winkle's cabaret evening are Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin, Julia Boll and Ewan Morrison, joined by musicians Yaz Duncan and Rantum Scantum.
Dave Gorman: Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop and Stand Up
Following the success of his 33-date national tour where he cycled from venue to venue, Dave Gorman is continuing with the venture - except he's dropped the cycling part, the lazy lump. At least this time he'll be able to concentrate his attention on making you laugh, as opposed to blisters and the soreness of his saddle.
Alex Gray & Denise Mina
SCOTTISH CRIME FICTION Another fantastic hour of Scottish crime writing from Glasgow. Alex Gray's third instalment from DCI Lorimer sees him searching for missing school girls as emotions run high. In Denise Mina's Still Midnight, a kidnapping uncovers the dark secrets of a quiet suburban home.
THE YOUNG SCOT EVENT Where is the real heart of the USA? Award-winning comedian Dave Gorman set out to find America's legendary local diners, dusty gas stations and small-town grocery stores. America Unchained: A Freewheeling Road Trip in Search of Non-Corporate USA sorts the myths from the realities; a classic…
SOCIETY AND THE MODERN WORLD We live in an age obsessed by the idea of conspiracy, from Pearl Harbour to 9/11, from the assassination of Kennedy to the death of Diana. Award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch probes and explodes major conspiracy theories, looks at why people believe them, and argues for a true…
Emily Ballou & Jen Hadfield
POETRY The intertwined relationship of poetry and the natural world is explored by two young poets. We are delighted to welcome back Jen Hadfield, winner of the T S Eliot Prize, with her collection Nigh-No-Place. Emily Ballou, inspired by Charles Darwin's time in Australia, has written The Darwin Poems, vividly capturing…
THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL EVENT An unmissable chance to meet Emmanuel Jal who was forced to become a child soldier with the rebel army in Sudan's bloody civil war, then was put into battle in Ethiopia. He finally escaped, told his story in War Child, and now spreads messages of peace and reconciliation with his unique…
MEET THE AUTHOR Janice Galloway writes about growing up in Ayrshire as if it was an entirely different life under the microscope; hence the title, This Is Not About Me. But it is about her, in every raw, remembered detail. An extraordinary and unflinching account of a childhood from one of Scotland's most distinctive and…
Jen Hadfield, Liz Lochhead & Aonghas MacNeacail
PRESENT POETS AND PAST MAKARS Three outstanding poets read from their own work, and from past great voices associated with the Scottish Poetry Library, to celebrate its 25th anniversary year. In association with the Scottish Poetry Library
GRAPHIC NOVELS My Diary is a beautiful and poignant memoir from a young Japanese graphic artist. While studying in London, Mio Matsumoto discovered she had cancer and on returning to Japan for treatment she began to keep a visual diary capturing the emotion, humour, boredom and absurdity of her five months of treatment.
Your Story with Mio Matsumoto
Children's event: TEENS My Diary is a fascinating sketchbook of Mio's experiences at art college. It traverses her everyday life including her struggle with cancer. See her incredible story unfold in sprawling yet intimate detail, and create a diary postcard afterwards to tell a personal story of your own.