2012 Edinburgh International Book Festival highlights

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  • 2 August 2012

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2012 Edinburgh International Book Festival highlights

Rushdie endorsed Israeli author Etgar Keret gives a masterclass with Nathan Englander at the 2012 EIBF

Etgar Keret, Louise Welsh, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Sarah Hall and more

Etgar Keret

He’s only gone and been dubbed by Salman Rushdie as ‘brilliant’ and by Clive James as ‘enchantingly witty’ so why wouldn’t you want to spend time with this Israeli writer?
3-16 Aug, 7pm, £7 (£5).

Nikita Lalwani

Meet the creator of Ray Bhullar, the documentary-maker who sees the different sides of Indian life in a potent novel, The Village.
3-16 Aug, 3pm, £7 (£5).

Toni Davidson

The Stanley Kubrick of Scottish novels publishes his follow-up to 1999’s cult epic Scar Culture, with a tale about child soldiers in an unnamed but identifiable nation in turmoil.
3-12 Aug, 8.30pm, £7 (£5).

Sarah Hall

The Booker-nominated author hit the target spectacularly with her set of short stories at the tail end of last year entitled The Beautiful Indifference.
3-13 Aug, 10.15am, £10 (£8).

Louise Welsh

With The Girl on the Stairs, the Glasgow author produced a page-turning chiller which showed another facet to her literary talents.
3-12 Aug, 7pm, £10 (£8).

Alice Oswald

A 90-minute treat is ahead as the acclaimed poet performs her ‘Memorial’ a fresh take on a masterpiece by Homer.
3-14 Aug, 8.30pm, £10 (£8).

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Having worked on everything from Corrie to the Olympics opening ceremony, Boyce slaps his kids author hat on to discuss updating a classic story.
3-11 Aug, 10.30am, £4.50.

Justine Picardie

A lifelong obsession with Coco Chanel has turned out fine for this writer as she produces a glittering biography of the fashion guru.
3-11 Aug, 8.30pm, £10 (£8).

Tessa Hadley & Sarah Hall: Short And (not So) Sweet Stories

Two current proponents of the short story get together. Sarah Hall’s The Beautiful Indifference features stark slices about scary holidays, fur capes and rural danger while Tessa Hadley offers us Married Love, carefully crafted tales about upheavals of the heart. Chaired by Guest Selector Sue MacGregor as part of her ‘A…

Masterclass with Nathan Englander & Etgar Keret: The Story Remains The Same

Etgar Keret’s Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is an ingenious and original collection of stories. Originally written in Hebrew, the stories’ translators included the author Nathan Englander whose own short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is published this year. In this special event they…

Frank Cottrell Boyce & Andrew Motion

How many of us have finished a novel and spent idle hours wondering what the characters did next? Join screenwriter and novelist, Frank Cottrell Boyce and former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion as they discuss their new novels, both of which pick up where former writers left off: Frank with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again…

Justine Picardie: See You Later, Innovator

She’d written about everyone from Daphne du Maurier to her own sister, before Justine Picardie turned her evocative attention towards Chanel. Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life was dubbed the definitive biography of an innovator who founded the most successful fashion label in history and an icon who thrived on myth…

Anjali Joseph & Nikita Lalwani: Writing Without Boundaries

Anjali Joseph joined us last year to discuss her multi-award-winning debut Saraswati Park. She returns with Another Country, a beautifully-observed novel which follows Leela on a journey through love and youth in Paris, London and Bombay. Nikita Lalwani’s The Village is a gripping modern morality tale set in India in…

Kevin Barry & Etgar Keret: Elevating The Short Form To Fresh Heights

Kevin Barry’s Dark Lies the Island is a collection of tales about a teenage goth on a terror mission, criminal OAPs, real-ale enthusiasts and occult weirdness in the backwoods. Etgar Keret’s Suddenly, a Knock on The Door is his first set of stories in a decade and offers absurdity, humour, longing and compassion, through…

Toni Davidson & Madeleine Thien: South-east Asian Concerns

The author of the late 1990s cult classic Scar Culture has been rather quiet of late (his last book was 2007), but Ayr-born Toni Davidson strikes back with the Burma-set My Gun Was As Tall As Me. In Madeleine Thien’s Dogs at the Perimeter, a Canada-residing Cambodian woman known as Janie separates from her family as…

Louise Welsh: A Haunting Scottish Noir Thriller

Ever since The Cutting Room was published back in 2002, Louise Welsh has been hailed as one of the most promising thriller writers in Scotland. Today she discusses her brand new novel, The Girl on the Stairs, a Berlin-based mystery loosely based on The Turn of the Screw. When a couple expecting a baby begin to suspect…

Alice Oswald: Death Was Already Walking to Meet Them

Alice Oswald re-imagines the world of Homer’s Iliad in her heartbreaking new book-length oral poem, Memorial, and here she performs the piece in its entirety. Oswald explains that her modern translation treats the Iliad as ‘an attempt – in the aftermath of the Trojan War – to remember people’s names and lives without the…

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