Top 5 authors with three names

This article is from 2009.

George Dawes Green

For some writers, a middle initial just isn’t enough to get across their need for a slightly longer name than is the norm. Here’s a quintet of triple-monikered authors:

  1. George Dawes Green
    Two events from the tri-titled New York chap, firstly celebrating Ravens, his first novel in a mere 13 years, and secondly the storytelling night phenomenon called The Moth which he launched pretty much in his own front room. 21 Aug, 8.30pm, £9 (£7); 22 Aug, 7pm, £9 (£7).
  2. Yasmin Alibhai Brown
    The popular broadcaster and journalist is here to explore her East African Indian culinary roots with The Settler’s Cookbook. 21 Aug, 3pm, £9 (£7).
  3. Nii Ayikwei Parkes
    The Ghanaian writer and performer delivered his debut, Tail of the Blue Bird, an analysis about the old and the new in his homeland. 21 Aug, 6pm, £6 (£4).
  4. Alexander McCall Smith
    Our Sandy refuses to slow up whether it’s crime fiction, kids books or the tales of people in a particular street in Edinburgh. After all, he’s only been translated in 43 languages. 22 Aug, 6.30pm, £9 (£7).
  5. Michael Symmons Roberts
    The complexities of body and soul, and science and religion are at the heart of this acclaimed poet’s most recent collection, The Half-Healed. 23 Aug, 4.30pm, £6 (£4).

Alexander McCall Smith's Scotland at Night

Mike Brewer directs Classic FM award-winning choir Laudibus incandlelit concert featuring choral settings of Scottish poetry. McCall Smith introduces Tom Cunningham's settings of his poetry and signs Laudibus's new CD on Delphian.

Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY EVENT An hour in the company of Alexander McCall Smith is balm to the soul. Warm, wise and witty, he charms and delights with his tales from Botswana, Edinburgh and elsewhere. Join him in celebration of Precious Ramotswe and Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, her tenth adventure at The No.1…

Eva Runefelt & Michael Symmons Roberts

MEETING SWEDEN Michael Symmons Roberts is an acclaimed poet, dramatist and novelist who has recently successfully collaborated on a series of music theatre and opera projects. His latest book is his new poetry collection The Half Healed. He comes together with Swedish poet, critic and writer Eva Runefelt, who works…

George Dawes Green

  • 4 stars

CRIME FICTION A rare and special Book Festival event with the highly acclaimed American novelist and poet George Dawes Green who presents his first novel in thirteen years. In Ravens, fate throws a fortune in the path of two grifters but the promise of easy money soon descends into a catastrophic chain of events. An…

Nii Ayikwei Parkes & Marlon James

FINE FICTION Startling new, young literary voices. Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a multi-talented young Ghanaian writer, performance poet and social commentator making his first foray into fiction with his debut novel Tail of the Blue Bird, a beautiful, lyrical meditation on the old and new worlds in Ghana. Marlon James's The…

Robin Robertson & Michael Symmons Roberts

POETRY Profound, powerful, prize-winning poetry. Robin Robertson is one of Scotland's finest poets and one of our most treasured guests. He comes to the festival today to delight us with poems old and, tantalisingly, new. Joining him is the multi-talented Michael Symmons Roberts whose latest, The Half-Healed, is a…

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

LIVED LIVES Yasmin Alibhai-Brown serves up the menu-as-memoir as she explores her East African Indian roots through the shared experience of cooking. The Settler's Cookbook: A Memoir of Love, Migration and Food recounts the personal and gastronomic journey that started with her family's expulsion from Uganda, and…

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