LGBTQIA+ Voices at Edinburgh International Book Festival

From Sue Perkins to Juno Dawson, there's LGBTQIA+ representation throughout the Book Festival programme

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LGBTQIA+ Voices at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Sue Perkins

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
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).

Jeanette Winterson
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).

Sue Perkins
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
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.

Garth Greenwell
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.

Juno Dawson & Rosalind Jana: Mindful Teens

Juno Dawson’s Mind Your Head is a brilliantly accessible, frank and funny look at issues such as depression, self harm and anxiety. Blogger and writer Rosalind Jana's Notes on Being Teenage takes a positive look at building your own identity and coping with family, friendships, online life and love. Be enlightened…

Juliet Jacques

Transgender experiences have become a great identity issue of our times and Juliet Jacques is a major chronicler of various kinds of trans-identification – her A Transgender Journey column in the Guardian was longlisted for the Orwell Prize. In this event, she discusses the powerful account of her life in Trans: A Memoir…

Jeanette Winterson

400 years since Shakespeare's death, Jeanette Winterson brilliantly articulates The Gap of Time – her ‘cover version’ of The Winter’s Tale. A deeply personal reworking of the story of Perdita, the abandoned child, Winterson’s modern novel shifts between London and a US city named New Bohemia. The author of Oranges Are Not…

Garth Greenwell

In Bulgaria after communism, personal freedom is improving but homosexual love remains a cultural taboo. This is the setting for What Belongs to You, Garth Greenwell’s novel about the life of a young American man in search of love, sex and ‘helpless desire’. Powerful and richly characterised, the book has been hailed as…

Sue Perkins

Life hasn’t all been cakes and ale for the Great British Bake Off co-presenter Sue Perkins. In her memoir Spectacles, the hugely popular comedian draws acres of charm and even hilarity out of a life of emotional challenges. Some revealing moments, like meeting Mel Giedroyc’s first baby or the death of her beagle, are…

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