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Edinburgh Book Fringe

Taking place in radical bookshop Word Power, the Edinburgh Book Fringe brings together writers and activists from around the world for a host of daily readings and discussions, all of which are free.

Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Anya Von Bremzen: Talk

Food writer Anya von Bremzen discusses her book Mastering The Art Of Soviet Cooking. The book has been shortlisted for the Guild Of Food Writers Food Book Of The Year 2014 and the Pushkin House Book Prize 2014.

Waterstones, London W1J

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 020 7851 2400

  • 19:00

BBC: Poetry Slam 2014 - Grand Final

BBC Join us for the Grand Final of this year’s slam, presented by 2012-13 Scottish National Poetry Slam Champion, Kevin Cadwallender. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Caro Ramsay: The Night Hunter

Glasgow author Caro Ramsay launches her latest Anderson and Costello thriller, The Night Hunter.

Primavera Bistro, Newton Mearns

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 0141 639 8092

Tickets from Waterstones, Newton Mearns.

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Scott Lynch Signing The Republic Of Thieves

Scott Lynch will be signing a selection of copies of The Republic of Thieves at Forbidden Planet London Megastore.

Forbidden Planet, London WC2H

Mon 18 Aug

Free / 020 7420 3666

  • 18:00 – 19:00
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Tricolour: NLS Poetry Night

Three spoken word and performance poets with three different styles and three different outlooks take to the stage each month. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

Free / 0131 623 3734

A festival line-up, featuring 'out of towners'.

  • 18:30 – 19:30

Mon 1 Sep

Free / 0131 623 3734

With Ryan Van Winkle, Kevin McLean and Jane McKie.

  • 18:30 – 19:30

Arild Vange and Neil Davidson

Improvised poetry readings from Norwegian poet Arild Vange and guitarist and composer Neil Davidson (Asparagus Piss Raindrop, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra), presented by Aye-Aye Books.

CCA, Glasgow

Thu 21 Aug

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

Arrest That Poet!

Danny Chivers / PBH's Free Fringe Have you ever climbed up a power station, D-locked yourself to a construction company’s staircase or been sued for £5 million? Until recently, slam poet Danny Chivers certainly hadn’t. So how did a quiet boy from Bristol end up dodging security guards, battling criminal charges and…

Assembly St Marks, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Main Space

Free / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Main Space

Free / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Main Space

Free / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 13 Aug

Stafford Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Main Space

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Main Space

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Main Space

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 13 Aug

The East Surrey Regiment In The First World War: Talk

Ian Chatfield discusses the experiences and fate of the regiment during the conflict.

Kingston Museum, Kingston upon Thames

Thu 18 Sep

Free / 020 8547 6460

  • 19:00 – 20:00

James McVeigh: Head of Marketing and Innovation at Festivals Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club at the Festival The Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club, the active networking club based at the University of Edinburgh Business School, is delighted to host James McVeigh as part of our Fringe series. James joined Festivals Edinburgh following senior management roles with a number of…

University of Edinburgh Business School

Tue 5 Aug

Business School Auditorium

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Lesley Riddoch: Blossom – What Scotland Needs to Flourish

The journalist and commentator takes her new book, Blossom: What Scotland Needs to Flourish, on the road and discusses the impending referendum.

Waterstones, Dundee

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 01382 200322

Discussion and debate. Tickets must be reserved by phone.

  • 18:30

Waterstones, Livingston

Thu 31 Jul

Free / 01506 435893

The Other Tongues

Celebrate the launch of Scots and Gaelic anthology The Other Tongues with editors Peter Mackay, Andrew Philip, Murdo MacDonald and Chris Agee, plus words from Alasdair Allan, MSP, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

Free / 0131 560 1581

Pornography and Heartbreak

David Lee Morgan / PBH’s Free Fringe Sometimes the best way to get rid of an itch is to scratch it. On the other hand, you are what you eat… solo performance from a critically acclaimed London and UK slam poetry champion. Reviews of last year's Fringe show, Science, Love and Revolution: ‘I am awed by Morgan's passion…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 24 Aug

Virginia MacGregor: Book Launch

MacGregor will be launching and signing copies of her debut novel What Milo Saw, the story of a young boy Milo who sees things differently to others.

Waterstones, Reading

Thu 31 Jul

Free / 0118 958 1270

  • 19:30

Adam Stark:Talk

Computer scientist, musician and researcher Adam Stark discusses how new ideas in engineering and computer science research labs are making their way into the work of performing artists and musicians.

Roundhouse, London NW1

Fri 22 Aug

Studio

Free / 0844 482 8008

  • 17:00
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Alan Cochrane and George Kerevan: Scottish Independence – Yes or No?

Two of Scotland's leading political commentators examine both sides of the issue, as laid out in their new book.

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Free (ticketed) / 0131 622 8218

  • 18:30

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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