Edinburgh International Book Festival and Edge Festival add to line-up
- Anna Millar
- 25 June 2009
Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edge Festival show that the talent just keeps on coming.
From a Poet Laureate to cult TV show writers, this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival launched in style, with a programme boasting writers, poets, politicians, photographers and artists from 45 countries.
Highlights of the August line-up include the recently appointed Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the US of A’s Garrison Keillor, who will be on site to discuss his Lake Wobegon series. Elsewhere, Margaret Atwood launches her new novel. David Simon and Richard Price, writers of the hit TV series The Wire, will be talking about the success of their hit show, with worldwide talent arriving courtesy of Bahaa Taher from Egypt, Ma Jian from China and Zoya Phan from Burma. Talent from closer to home doesn’t go unrecognised either with appearances and new work from Richard Dawkins, William Boyd, Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin, Joss Ackland, A L Kennedy, Irvine Welsh, John Burnside, Michael Mansfield and David Peace.
Mike Russell, minister for culture, said of the programme: ‘The line up for this year’s Book Festival is truly impressive with Edinburgh yet again playing host to a plethora of literary talent from home and abroad. In this year of Homecoming, we aim to reconnect with millions of people with an affinity to Scotland.’
Across town, the Edge Festival announced two additions to its bill: experimental rockers Faith No More and Scotland’s own Biffy Clyro.
The recently-reunited Faith No More will play the Edinburgh Corn Exchange for what will be their first Scottish date for more than ten years, while local alt-rockers Biffy Clyro return following their sell-out gig at the SECC last December.
They join The Streets, The Stranglers, Calvin Harris, Malcolm Middleton, Frightened Rabbit, Enter Shikari and more.