Top 5 literary heatwaves at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

This article is from 2013

Top 5 literary heatwaves at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

Ian Rankin

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.

Jonathan Jones

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).

Chris Dolan & Andrea Stuart

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).

Jura Unbound: Illicit Ink & Graphic Scotland

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.

Horror and Weirdness, A Scottish Peculiarity

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).

Marli Roode & Giorgio Vasta

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).

Jura Unbound

If you like your literary experiences playful with a splash of colour, drop in to our free nightly entertainment where anything goes: words, music, comedy, magic, more. It’s a surprising, funny and entertaining literary ride. The line-up will be announced in July in The Skinny magazine and on our website.

Marli Roode & Giorgio Vasta

Two defiant international debut novels which capture with searing honesty two cultures in flux. Marli Roode’s Call It Dog tells of a young woman’s return to South Africa, forced to confront her Afrikaans father’s dark past. Time On My Hands by Italian Giorgio Vasta is a vivid depiction of the harsh realities of 1970s…

Chris Dolan & Andrea Stuart

The plantation community of Barbados is at the core of the latest fiction of Chris Dolan and the historical memoir by Andrea Stuart. In Redlegs, festival favourite Dolan writes about a Scottish actress who is forced to take on an ambiguous role at Lord Coak’s plantation, an enterprise built on racism. With Sugar in the…

Horror and Weirdness, a Scottish Peculiarity

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Thrawn Janet; Shakespeare’s Three Weird Sisters: what is it about the Scottish psyche that creates such beautifully wicked characters? And why do their stories continue to influence contemporary culture? Guest selector Margaret Atwood talks to Valerie Martin, author of Mary Reilly, a…