Caitlin Moran at 2013 Edinburgh International Book Festival
Journalist and commentator Cailtlin Moran back at the EIBF with focus on lastest book Moranthology
This article is from 2013.
Judging by the speed at which Caitlin Moran’s event at last year’s EIBF sold out, there’s no doubting her popularity. The journalist and commentator’s 2011 memoir-slash-essay collection-slash-manifesto of inclusion for all females, How to Be a Woman, boasts one of the healthiest spread of stars in Amazon reviews, with a good wodge in both the five-star and one-star categories. It seems that the more people love you, the more other people love to hate you.
This year’s event will focus on her latest book, Moranthology, a collection of essays on topics ranging from Twitter to caravans, Ghostbusters to big hair, and sexy tax to the gay moon landings (though you’ll have to read the book to find out precisely what they are).
Whether you agree or disagree with Moran’s politics – or her controversial Twitter comments about the cultural diversity in TV programme Girls – this is one event where you’re guaranteed a laugh. Moran is charming and honest, and her confessions about childbirth (particularly its effect on the mother’s body) are both hilarious and wince-inducing.
Perhaps the most appealing thing about Moran is her philosophy, outlined in How to Be a Woman, that feminism should be welcoming to all women. As she says: ‘[Feminism is] simply the belief that women should be as free as men, however nuts, dim, deluded, badly dressed, fat, receding, lazy and smug they might be.’ Whether or not you admit to being any of those things, Moran welcomes you.
Caitlin Moran will be at Charlotte Square Gardens, 25 Aug.