Top 5 literary heatwaves at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013
- Kirsty Logan
- 22 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Jones and Chris Dolan deliver some of the hottest Book Fest events
Whether the sun is shining or it’s raining so much that yellow plastic ducks pop up in the puddles, things are getting damn steamy at Charlotte Square Gardens. Put extra ice in your drink and delve into these high-temperature books.
Jones’ new book The Loves of the Artists, argues that a knowledge of the sexual lives of Michelangelo, Raphael and Rembrandt is a vital part of appreciating their nude paintings.
Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 22 Aug, 2.30pm, £10 (£8).
Dolan’s Barbados-set Redlegs, about a Scottish actress forced to take on a new role at a plantation, explores the uncomfortable mix of tropical weather and corseted 1830s fashion. Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 23 Aug, 10.15am, £10 (£8).
As part of the super-hot Unbound strand of evening events, writers read while cartoonists and graphic novelists draw what they hear. Expect high-energy and the odd risqué element. Art materials are provided but feel free to bring your own.
Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 24 Aug, 9pm, free.
Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin and Ian Rankin discuss why Scottish writers persist in producing deliciously wicked characters. Why can’t we resist Dr Jekyll or the Three Weird Sisters? Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 26 Aug, 11.30am, £10 (£8).
From modern-day South Africa to 1970s Sicily, these young authors’ books show how harsh the world can look when the sun burns bright.
Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 22 Aug, 3.30pm, £7 (£5).