Edinburgh International Book Festival: Highlights

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  • 10 August 2012

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Edinburgh International Book Festival: Highlights

At Charlotte Street Danny Wallace will unleash his same-named debut novel

Seamus Heaney, Michael Morpurgo, Irvine Welsh and Nile Rodgers amongst top names to chew the literary fat

Seamus Heaney

The Nobel prizewinner is in town for what will be an undoubted highlight of the month (if not the year) as he chews some literary fat with Karl Miller and Andrew O’Hagan.
3-18 Aug, 6.30pm, £10 (£8).

Michael Morpurgo

The ex-Children’s Laureate will be discussing the experience of witnessing the transformation of his books from the small page to the big screen.
3-17 Aug, 5pm, £4.50.

Danny Wallace

Dave Gorman’s former director of operations unleashes his debut novel on Charlotte Square. Rather conveniently entitled Charlotte Street. What are the chances?
3-18 Aug, 8.30pm, £10 (£8).

Irvine Welsh

For fans of Spud, Renton and co (can anyone be an actual fan of Begbie?), the publication of Skagboys is the book event of the year.
3-18 Aug, 9.30pm, £10 (£8).

Edinburgh World Writers Conference

Harking back to the legendary 1962 gathering, a host of top names discuss the same questions that were debated 50 years ago.
Various dates and times.

Nile Rodgers

The man who changed the face of pop (c/o his tunesmithery with Chic and Sister Sledge and producer duties with a who’s who of modern music) drops in for some chat about his memoir, Le Freak.
3-19 Aug, 9.30pm, £10 (£8).

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); 17 Aug, 7pm (£10 (£8).

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).

Chic - Everybody Dance

Sister Sledge - We Are Family

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