Preview: Edinburgh Book Fringe

This article is from 2015

Preview: Edinburgh Book Fringe

Credit: Steven Ullathorne

Word Power Books' annual festival features Mark Thomas, Janice Galloway and Raja Shehadeh

Even for a city with a good smattering of independent bookshops like Edinburgh, Word Power is a particular gem. This staunchly left-wing book shop hosts events throughout the year – including the Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair in autumn – but in August runs the Edinburgh Book Fringe, as a free alternative to the Book Festival at Charlotte Square.

This year's Book Fringe will kick off with an event by Word Power-fan Mark Thomas (14 Aug), whose book 100 Minor Acts of Dissent chronicles a year in the comedian-activist's life in which he committed… well, the title of the book gives it away.

Elsewhere, comedian Kate Smurthwaite hosts an event to mark the publication of The What The Frock! Book of Funny Women (15 Aug); the excellent poets Harry Giles, Marion McCready and Jennifer Williams read from their anthology, Our Real Red Selves (22 Aug); and Janice Galloway chats about her work and reads from her latest, Jellyfish: A Short Book of Short Stories (28 Aug).

There'll also be appearances from poet Bashabi Fraser (18 Aug), official Yes Scotland artist Stewart Bremner (26 Aug) and Orwell Prize-winning Palestinian author Raja Shehadeh.

All events at Word Power Books, 43-45 West Nicolson Street, 662 9112, 14–28 Aug, various times, free.