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Five writers' views on Seamus Heaney ahead of Edinburgh Book Festival

11 Jul 2012

Ruth Padel, Ron Butlin, Bashabi Fraser, Alan Gillis and John Burnside

Ruth Padel. I’ve carried Heaney’s work with me all over the place, both his poetry and his always illuminating criticism. He gets to the heart every time. When I first met him, the book I shyly asked if he’d sign was Station Island: such innovative…

Book Festival day planner

10 Aug 2009

Our guide on the festival's must-see events

As with most of the festivals, the Book Festival is a scary prospect at first glance. Here, Lizzie Mitchell maps out a plan which should make the minefield a little easier to negotiate. All events are based in Charlotte Square Gardens.