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Alistair Moffat

The odds were stacked against the 8,000 Scottish foot soldiers on that day in June 1314, outnumbered as they were by the 18,000 English infantrymen, archers and mounted knights. Yet it was the Scots who emerged victorious in the battle of Bannockburn. Alistair Moffat’s latest book Bannockburn: The Battle for a Nation…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Wed 13 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

All In Art Presents: Spaddles And Sorbets: A History Of Ice Cream

TV food historian Dr Annie Gray explores the rich history of a chilly delight. Recipes will be available to take home and try. Includes a guest appearance from Lovington's Ice Cream, giving us the opportunity to sample the real thing.

Goodenough Club, London WC1N

Mon 8 Sep

£10; £5 adv

  • 18:30 – 20:30

Amazing Grazing:Talk

A local farmer's quest to put life back into his soil and find a sustainable way of farming. Tim May of Kingsclere Estates is turning his back on continuous crop growing with its heavy reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. He's bringing sheep and cattle back to the farm and feeding them on his own flower-filled…

The Lights, Andover

Thu 24 Jul

Auditorium

£5–£9 / 01264 368368

  • 19:30

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Do we have any expectations of privacy left? WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden are among those who have shone a spotlight on how governments are using covert methods to access our data in order to stifle freedom of expression, and to threaten and even imprison activists. Join some of our Festival authors for readings around…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

The Commonwealth Games has brought Glasgow firmly into the world’s spotlight and inspired the city to leave a positive legacy. The Games also promised to deliver the Commonwealth Federation’s values of Humanity, Equality and Destiny. In the first of our events focusing on the participating nations we hear the work of…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Nelson Mandela's death was not just a loss for South Africa but for people all over the world who are fighting for freedom, justice and for an end to discrimination. As a world leader who refused to accept injustice, Mandela’s courage helped change our world. We hear some of his work, and from those he inspired, with…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Wed 20 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or intersex is a crime in many countries around the world. Amnesty is working for a world where no one faces discrimination for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Today, we hear the work of writers persecuted for their sexuality read by some of our Festival authors.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Numerous people – including children – are detained in political prison camps in North Korea. Many have not committed any crime but are merely related to those deemed guilty of serious political crimes. The gruesome reality of life in North Korea is unimaginable. Today we hear from activists and those who have escaped the…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

The Commonwealth Games has brought Glasgow into the world’s spotlight and inspired the city to create a positive legacy. The Games also promises to deliver the Commonwealth Federation’s values of Humanity, Equality and Destiny. In the second of our events focusing on the participating nations, some of our Festival authors…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Human rights defenders are individuals, groups or organisations who promote and protect human rights through non-violent means. Their actions depend on, and fuel, freedom of expression. Because of their activities, human rights defenders can become a target of abuse from people or governments who want to silence them. In…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

All over the world people are imprisoned for writing critically about their government or country. Each day we pay tribute to writers who have been persecuted for their words, thoughts and opinions. Join some of our Festival authors today to hear the work of the writers' group from Freedom from Torture.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

As Scotland celebrates 2014 as the Year of Homecoming, Scottish PEN, in this event, looks at writers in exile, those whose courage in speaking out against injustice means they will never see their homeland again. Join some of our Festival authors for readings of work from a selection of these writers.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Distinguished figures in literature, science, theatre and other disciplines confess to being moved to tears by particular poems. An anthology of work published in partnership with Amnesty International, Poems that Make Grown Men Cry is emblematic of the human struggle to make a difference. Hear a selection of the poems…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Amnesty International was founded on the premise that the death penalty should be abolished everywhere and in every circumstance but it is still very much alive. Depending on where you live, you can be beheaded for sorcery, stoned for adultery or hanged for drug smuggling. In this event we hear works by death row…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

All over the world people are imprisoned for writing critically about their government or country. Each day we pay tribute to writers who have been persecuted for their words, thoughts and opinions. Today, some of our Festival authors read the work of the writers' group from Freedom from Torture.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

The third anniversary of the conflict in Syria has so far seen more than 140,000 people killed, with around 300 people fleeing their homes every hour. We reflect on the crisis and hear from those it has affected most deeply with readings from some of our Festival authors.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Wed 13 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

On 30 August, Amnesty International will observe the International Day of the Disappeared, calling on governments around the world to disclose the status of individuals or groups who have been ‘disappeared’ or taken for political, social or other reasons violating human rights. We remember some of those who have…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

The break-up of the Soviet Union was supposed to mean greater freedom for Russians, but President Putin's regime has placed freedom of expression at risk for the country's writers, journalists and bloggers. Scottish PEN looks at voices from the region with readings from some of our Festival authors.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Malala Yousafzai, Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience, is an inspiring advocate for equal access to education. After being shot and severely wounded in 2012 in an attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, she has dedicated herself to activism for women and girls. We hear some of her work read by a few of our Festival authors.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

Free / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

An Evening with Rainbow Rowell

The American young adult novelist talks about and signs copies of her latest novel, Landline, as well as previous fave Fangirl.

Waterstones New Street, Birmingham

Tue 29 Jul

£3 / 0843 290 8151

  • 19:00
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Andrew Greig: Fair Helen

The author reads from his new Borders-set historical novel, Fair Helen, as well as performing a few poems and singing a few songs.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 19 Jan 2015

£5 (Members £3) / 01786 471917

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion is President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Liverpool Playhouse

Thu 6 Nov

£12–£14 / 0151 709 4776

  • 19:30

Andrew Motion: The Customs House

A show with Andrew Motion in which he reads from his work, answers questions and signs books. Motion is the writer of The Customs House, a collection of war poems. Recommended for children over the age of 12.

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Thu 6 Nov

£14 (£12) / 0151 709 4776

  • 19:30

Andrew Pinnock: Talk

Purcell scholar Andrew Pinnock introduces the first concert of the series, in which The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra present a programme including music from The Indian Queen.

Wigmore Hall, London W1U

Wed 17 Sep

£4 / 020 7935 2141

  • 18:00

Andy Miller: Read Yourself Fitter

Andy Miller, the author of The Year Of Reading Dangerously, discusses his quest to read the 50 books he's always claimed to have read.

Kings Place, London N1

Fri 12 Sep

St Pancras Room

£6.50 / 020 7520 1490

  • 18:30
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