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Will Storr to discuss irrational beliefs at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

1 Aug 2013

'Atheist-sceptics are just as vulnerable to the processes of bias and assumption as the rest of us'

For Will Storr it started with the question 'why don't facts work?' The result is The Heretics, his entertaining and insightful investigation into why people hold irrational beliefs, often in the face of overwhelming evidence. 'You go into a project…

William McIlvanney returns triumphant to the 2013 Edinburgh International Book Festival

8 Aug 2013

The tartan noir godfather is branching out into technology

William McIlvanney returns triumphant to this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. At the 2011 festival, they asked why his books were out of print. Two years on, Canongate’s edition of the Laidlaw trilogy is available to a new generation of…

Five writers inspired by faith and religion at the 2013 Edinburgh Book Festival

7 Aug 2013

Colm Tóibín, John Tolan, Marina Warner, Rowan Williams and Steve Jones

Religion and faith continue to provide rich veins of inspiration for writers the world over, as well as offering endlessly debated and provocative areas of discussion. These five events are guaranteed to provide food for thought for truth seekers of…

Tracey Thorn brings Bedsit Disco Queen to 2013 Edinburgh Book Festival

7 Aug 2013

Making the leap from Everything But The Girl and solo artist to writer

For a long time, Tracey Thorn did not intend to release Bedsit Disco Queen. Since finishing her memoir in 2007, it languished in a box file while Thorn reignited her music career with a string of acclaimed solo albums, as writing the book made her…

Daniel Rachel's book Isle Of Noises explored the art of songwriting in Britain

7 Aug 2013

The author and Roddy Woomble exploring the art of songwriting at the 2013 Edinburgh Book Festival

In the late 1990s, Daniel Rachel was pursuing his dream of becoming a successful musician when he first read Songwriters on Songwriting, a collection of interviews with some of North America’s most celebrated songwriters. He returned to the same shop…

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A Genteel Tipple through Gin Literature explores the history of the spirit

7 Aug 2013

Sip your way through an alcoholic literary history with Hendrick's at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe

When Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary, in 1663, that two friends 'did advise me to take some juniper water', he was documenting the most zeitgeisty drink of the time. A century later, Hogarth's Gin Lane*engraving depicted the decay and devastation caused…

Event exploring our knowledge of Sylvia Plath at 2013 Edinburgh Book Festival

7 Aug 2013

Can we ever know the true Plath? Andrew Wilson investigates

Doting mother or fiercely driven artist; who is the ‘true’ Sylvia Plath? In the 50 years since she killed herself, the life of the American poet and novelist has become blurred. In Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted, Andrew Wilson…

Peter Hook brings Unknown Pleasures to 2013 Edinburgh Book Festival

6 Aug 2013

The Joy Division and New Order bassist talks heritage in Edinburgh event

Hooky has, of late, reinvented himself as the Stephen Fry of British post-punk. From behind his low-slung bass guitar, he has seen it all, buried the bodies and collected endless warrior tales about the hairier moments, from the industrial grimness and…

Granta's decennial young British writers list set for 2013 Edinburgh Book Festival events

5 Aug 2013

Hannah McGill finds Granta's ones-to-watch line-up much-influenced by their predecessors

For the last 30 years literary journal and leading champion of new writing, Granta, has published a list of writers to watch, with such literary giants as Salman Rushdie, Monica Ali and Martin Amis making the cut. With the latest line-up recently…

The best Scottish writers appearing at the 2013 Edinburgh Book Festival

5 Aug 2013

Allan Wilson, Krystelle Bamford, Michael Pedersen and Pippa Goldschmidt

As some of the world’s finest writers prepare for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, there’s ample local talent to be found as part of this year’s 30 year celebrations.

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Ian Rankin, Larkin Poe and The Boy with Tape on his Face among highlights at Fringe by the Sea 2013

1 Aug 2013

North Berwick's Fringe by the Sea returns once again from Mon 5–Sun 11 Aug to provide a festival experience away from Edinburgh's hectic hustle and bustle. With a week's worth of music, comedy, kids, books, food and historical events to choose from…

Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge set for 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

1 Aug 2013

Gin distillers provide 'Peculiar Events & Experiences' to Edinburgh

1 Quintessential Anthology Of Gin If you’re going to have a weekend-long branded excursion into curious discussion and entertainments, you’d be better off doing it right, not to mention with a drink in hand. Among a number of events offering what we…

Poets from Dear World and Everyone In It anthology set for Edinburgh Book Festival event

1 Aug 2013

New anthology features Sam Riviere, Miriam Gamble, Emily Berry and Jo L Walton

Want to know what's really going on in the current UK poetry landscape? Roll up! Dear World and Everyone In It, a ground-breaking anthology which ‘attempts to define a generation’ has (re)drawn the map for you – and this event offers a guided tour.

Graphic journalist Joe Sacco appearing as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

1 Aug 2013

Sacco appears as part of the Festival's Stripped comics strand

In its championing of an entire medium within this year’s inaugural Stripped strand, there’s an implied sense that EIBF are trying to further erode the tiresome conceit that stories told with words and pictures are just for kids by placing them closer…

Writer, composer and performer George Lewkowicz presents Superbard: The Flood

1 Aug 2013

The multimedia spoken word performance will take place at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Superbard, a futuristic storyteller played by writer, composer and performer George Lewkowicz, returns for his fourth consecutive Fringe appearance with this spoken-word show, imagining an apocalyptic future through stories of characters surviving in a…

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Adam Thirlwell discusses Multiples, '12 Stories in 18 Languages by 61 Authors'

1 Aug 2013

Thirlwell will be joined by contributors John Banville and Nadeem Aslam at the 2013 Book Festival

'Twelve stories in eighteen languages by sixty-one authors' boasts the cover of Multiples, a book that sets out to experiment with everything that is gained and lost in the process of translation. The project was conceived and edited by British…

American authors Philipp Meyer and Patrick Flanery offer a glimpse of the corrupted American Dream

1 Aug 2013

The pair appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013 event As Dreams Become Nightmares

In an event intriguingly titled As Dreams Become Nightmares, American writers Philipp Meyer and Patrick Flanery team up to discuss their latest novels. Both books, Flanery's Fallen Land and Meyer's The Son, examine the American Dream and its darker…

High-flying start to Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

30 Jul 2013

Aidan Moffat, Cora Bissett and Louise Welsh announced as part of Games culture programme

Aidan Moffat, Cora Bissett, Louise Welsh and Tam Dean Burn are just a clutch of the Scottish names taking part in a jam-packed line-up of cultural events to celebrate the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The year-long programme will be split into two…

Interview: Julie McDowall, author of internet dating memoir Casting the Net

19 Jul 2013

The debut author discusses infatuation, depression and obsession

Evil clowns, The Butcher Boy and infatuation: all par for the course with Julie McDowall. Her debut, Casting the Net, follows her hectic time on the online dating scene. Sharp, vibrant and feisty, the novel is a candid insight into one woman’s…

Mark Cousins' letter to legendary British filmmaker Nic Roeg

19 Jul 2013

Legendary British filmmaker Roeg has just published his autobiography, The World is Ever Changing

Dear Nicolas Roeg, So you’re thinking of coming to Edinburgh. Will you travel up from London by train? I imagine you staring out the window as England whizzes past in Turner blurs and Constable clusters. Do you still look at landscapes as the…

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Flash Fiction: Natural History by Wayne Price

19 Jul 2013

The newest instalment in our series of ultra-short stories

Early in the morning and again in the evening, rain or shine, they cross the fields and woods behind the allotments where the houses end. In summer they cross the paths of early-morning joggers and walkers of dogs like the shadows of small birds – too…

Programme of summer events scheduled to remember Iain Banks

19 Jul 2013

The late author is being paid tribute to at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

In happy news, brought on by the saddest of events, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust has brought together programmers from across the city to create an Iain Banks season, kicking off at the end of the month with the Iain Banks Book Quiz on Thu…

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell - March (Book One)

19 Jul 20134 stars

The US politician's graphic novel autobiography is a significant achievement in comics

March has made comics history. It’s the first graphic novel to be written by a US Congressman, Democrat John Lewis, and it’s the first to be endorsed by a US President, Bill Clinton. Co-written with his communications chef Andrew Aydin, March is an…

Olivia Laing - The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink

19 Jul 20134 stars

There’s a fear, given the title, that this seeks to romanticise alcoholism, positioning writers as tortured geniuses set apart from ‘ordinary’ people. Thankfully, Laing allays this fear. The Trip to Echo Spring is a nuanced and heartbreaking book…

Michael Cannon - Four New Words For Love

17 Jul 20134 stars

Glaswegian author Michael Cannon’s latest novel explores friendship

Gina, a homeless and troubled young woman from Glasgow and Christopher an elderly, lonely widower meet by chance on Waterloo Bridge. After offering Gina a room, the two quickly form a friendship. But when Gina suddenly disappears, Christopher travels to…