Programme of summer events scheduled to remember Iain Banks
The late author is being paid tribute to at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013
With news that the late, great author, futurist and sci-fi icon Iain Banks had an asteroid named after him (c/o Harvard’s Minor Planets Centre), we take a sneak peak at the summer events which will celebrate his life and legacy
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 25 Jul at the Central Library in Edinburgh.
Things are shaping up to be equally creative a week later at the capital’s Looking Glass Books on Wed 31 Jul with their Iain Banks-ism event. This one-off showcase, presented by the Society of Young Publishers, will include writers who have produced short stories incorporating an opening line from one of Banks’ books, with winning entries performed in dramatic readings. Submissions are open until Sun 14 Jul.
Look out too for the Scottish Poetry Library’s Exhibition of Sci-fi Poems, with the SPL displaying a collection of sci-fi poetry in his honour, until Sun 31 Aug.
Finally, the programme will culminate with a special event at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. The hotly anticipated A Celebration of Iain Banks at Charlotte Square Gardens on Sun 25 Aug will feature some of Banks’ close literary friends. Ken MacLeod, Val McDermid and Ian Rankin will be there to discuss his work.