LGBTQIA+ Voices at Edinburgh International Book Festival
- Sasha de Buyl
- 17 August 2016
This article is from 2016.
From Sue Perkins to Juno Dawson, there's LGBTQIA+ representation throughout the Book Festival programme
Lack of diversity in the publishing world may be rife, but Edinburgh International Book Festival has taken pains to ensure that visitors to the festival can experience the best in LGBTQIA+ writing. From literary superstars like Ali Smith and Jenni Fagan to Young Adult voices and the best in non-fiction, the LGBTQIA+ representation weaves its way through every strand of this year's programme. Here are the top five events tipping off our gaydar this festival.
Juliet Jacques has chronicled the trans experience through her column 'A Transgender Journey' for several years, and her book Trans: A Memoir brings her own experience to the fore. Expect a personal and political exploration of gender and identity today from a leading writer in the field.
20 Aug, 5.45pm, £12 (£10).
The big cheese of LGBTQIA+ writers, Jeanette Winterson brings her Shakespearean retelling, The Gap of Time, to the main stage. With luck she'll reprise her one-woman performance that complements the novel; it's an event you'll not soon forget. 20 Aug, 8.15pm, £12 (£10).
Thanks to The Great British Bake Off, Scotland's readers are big fans of Sue Perkins baking puns and sharp dress sense. See the woman behind the cake commentary in the main theatre, where she discusses the contents of her memoir, Spectacles. Laughs and swooning guaranteed.
21 Aug, 9.45pm, £12 (£10).
Juno Dawson, the Young Adult author and Queen of Teen returns to the festival with her latest guide for young people. Mind Your Head tackles mental health issues in an accessible way that keeps teenagers at the heart of the conversation. 26 Aug, 7pm, £5.
A searing novel about desire and consequences in post-communism Bulgaria, Garth Greenwell's What Belongs to You is one of 2016's hottest literary debuts. A perfect way to end your book festival binge.
28 Aug, 6.30pm, £8 (£6).
All events at Charlotte Square Gardens.