Top five literary events outside the Edinburgh Intl Book Fest

James Kelman, Ross Sutherland, Alan Bissett and more venture beyond Charlotte Square

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Top five literary events outside the Edinburgh Intl Book Fest

James Kelman / Photo: Angus Bremner

There’s plenty of events for lit lovers in Edinburgh this month, with festival staple Edinburgh Book Fringe back for another year, plus the more indie stylings of Inky Fingers Minifest. The Book Fringe will have talks and readings by comedian Russell Kane, Syrian journalist Samar Yazbek, James Kelman and Tom Leonard, while the Minifest has workshops and discussion panels with poet Ross Sutherland and spoken-word artist James McKay to name but a few. Visit the Book Fringe and Inky Fingers websites for more details.

James Kelman

The Glasgow-born Booker Prize-shortlisted author opens the Edinburgh Book Fringe by launching his latest novel, Mo Said She Was Quirky.
Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh, Fri 10 Aug, 7pm.

Ross Sutherland: Emergency Window Book Launch

For an indie alternative to the Edinburgh International Book Festival, head to the launch of a collection of poems as part of Inky Fingers Minifest. Topics covered include the behemoth that is Google and modern takes on classic fairy tales.
Pulp Fiction, Edinburgh, Fri 10 Aug.

Alan Bissett

Special reading from the Glenfiddich Scottish Writer of the Year, whose latest play The Red Hourglass is also on at the Fringe (National Library of Scotland, 15--25 Aug).
Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh, Sat 11 Aug.

Are We Asking For It?

A guerrilla spoken word event looking at language and protest movements. To find out the venue, keep an eye on inkyfingersedinburgh.wordpress.com.
Secret location, Edinburgh, Sat 11 Aug.

The Berlin Review of Books @ Summerhall

A series of lectures by academics, with the lecture on Georgina Colmache and her daughter Pauline Vaneri Filippi (Women in the Shadow of Revolutions, 12 Aug) looking particularly interesting.
Summerhall, Edinburgh, Fri 10 & Sun 12 Aug.

James Kelman

The author launches his novel Mo Said She Was Quirky. Part of Edinburgh Book Fringe.

Ciaran O'Driscoll and Alan Bissett

The launch of Ciaran O'Driscoll's new novel, A Year's Midnight, and as a bonus Alan Bisset performs an extract of his new play, The Red Hourglass. Part of Edinburgh Book Fringe.

Ross Sutherland: Emergency Window Book Launch

Super-cool indie poetry publisher Penned in the Margins hosts this book launch for Ross Sutherland's collection of poems, Emergency Window, featuring poems about Google Streetview, updated fairy tales and computer translations of classic literature. Part of Inky Fingers Minifest.

Are We Asking For It?

A piece of guerilla spoken word theatre exploring the relationship between art, language and protest, taking place for an unsuspecting audience somewhere in Edinburgh. By Mary Paterson. Part of Inky Fingers Minifest.

The Berlin Review of Books @ Summerhall: Women in the Shadow of Revolutions

The Case of Georgina Colmache and Pauline Vaneri Filippi What was it like for a woman to be artistically productive in the 19th century? This talk follows the lives of mother-daughter pair Mme Colmache and Mme Vaneri Filippi, both of whom enjoyed successful careers when professional opportunities for women were scarce…

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