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For journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer, hers made its presence felt at the age of Originally created for 90, Somalian refugees it now contains over , people, including 10, third-generation inhabitants. Over a period of four years, Ben Rawlence explored this ext… Laura Bates Event The founder of the influential online project Everyday Sexism, Laura Bates was in the Woman's Hour Power List Game Changers Top 10 and is becoming well known for her refusal to accept the female stereotypes peddled by a normative mainstream media.

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Enjoying unprecedented access to Cameron and his team, Anthony Seldon and Peter Snowdon have written Cameron at 10, an eye-opening authorised … Alexander Masters Event In , almost tattered notebooks were discovered in a skip in Cambridge. They were a small part of an intimate diary that began in and ended half a century later.


His most recent published works have looked at the world in a time of war and perpetual conflict. Whether … Charles Fernyhough Event Two years ago, authors at the Book Festival took part in a major study into the multiple inner voices that make up human consciousness. Now the leader of that project, psychologist Charles Fernyhough, has completed a major book on the subject, which he di… Michel Faber Event The acclaimed author of Under the Skin and The Book of Strange New Things reads from a collection of deeply moving poems entitled Undying.

Now the former Home Secretary returns with a s… Chris Riddell Event Award-winning author Siobhan Dowd died in , bequeathing her royalties to a trust which aims to bring the joy of reading to those who need it most. Since then, Egypt has changed radically. The phrase seems apt: even though this is a story built from familiar elements — an imagined John Lennon, post-Beatles in , trying to pay a visit to an… Val McDermid with Nicola Sturgeon Event The Diamond Dagger-winning Fifer has built a vast fanbase over the years thanks to her number one bestselling novels that have sold over 11 million copies.

The Little Red Chairs is the work of a truly great Irish writer at the height of her powers. A dec… Janet Ellis and Lorna Gibb Event Two debut novels whose lead characters will entrance, unnerve and delight feature in this event recorded live at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. When they finally meet they realise that each could hold the solution to the other's problems. His wide-ranging ideas pre-dated many modern concerns, including the internet and the black civil rights movement. The book became a bestselling icon of the sexual revolution.

When six people meet each week to dis… Sophie Kinsella Event Global bestselling author of the Shopaholic series, Sophie Kinsella, brings her first novel for teens. Audrey can't leave the house. Attending that event was Francis Bickmore, editorial director of Canongate, who immediately took action… Shirin Ebadi Event The first Muslim woman and first Iranian to win a Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi is a leading lawyer and activist who has campaigned fearlessly for freedom of speech and equality before the law in her country, despite being betrayed politically and perso… Monica Cantieni and Sunjeev Sahota Event Watch two authors who explore the immigrant experience powerfully in their unforgettable new novels.

We also asked some audience members what they thought about the even… Interview - Sophie McKenzie and Salla Simukka We talked about the complexities of writing young adult fiction and creating female characters with best known author Sophic McKenzie and newly translated Finnish writer Salla Simukka before their event together. Ever since, she has fought a passionate campaign for human rights… Ryan Gattis and Marlon James Event Images of the LA riots were beamed across the world as six days of violence left a city bruised and broken. It tells the story of a boy's search for his father during the First World War.

It opens in Scotland in , and then journeys back to a time of war in 19th century Russia.

Mean… Interview - David Crystal Top linguist David Crystal took a moment before his event to talk with us about accents, language and how it's changing in the 21st Century. We also chatted to his fans after the event to see what they thought. You can see David's hour-long event … Helen Macdonald Event In her powerful, emotive memoir, H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald recounts her obsessive pursuit to become a falconer. That film, and a recent book, were the subjec… Terry Waite Event As special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Terry Waite spent plenty of time not only in the company of Robert Runcie, but also his son James.

Then, he was kidnapped in Beirut. We also asked some audience members what they thought about the event. You can see Rory's hour-long event here on our website a… Etgar Keret and Alain Mabanckou Event Two internationally acclaimed novelists who have turned their hands to memoir talk to Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Meanwhile libraries are facing a funding crisis and are increasingly asked to justify their existence.

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What can libraries learn from museums, and w… Interview - Joanne Harris Hugely popular writer Joanne Harris took a moment before her event in Charlotte Square Gardens to talk to us about her new Norse inspired novel, The Gospel of Loki. We also spoke to some audience members to see what they thought about her event. Does it change who you are and who you are writing for? Does the omnipotence of global English dominate regardless? Elif Shafak is an acclaimed author who writes in both Turkish an… Innu Poetry from the Canadian Tundra Event When the Book Festival invited three writers from the First Nation Innu people of Northern Canada to present their work in Edinburgh, three Scotland-based poets were invited to work with them.

Transnistria now has its own Leninist government, but is still not recognised by any other country in the world. You can also hear from some audience members to see what they thought about the event. Amit's hour-long… Interview - Monica Cantieni Immigration and belonging are the chief subject of new novels by writers Monica Cantieni and Sunjeev Sahota. We spoke to Monica before their event to find out more, and we also heard from some audience members to see what they thought about the event. To what extent can this improvement be attributed to the urbanisation of populations across the world and th… Interview - Etgar Keret and Alain Mabanckou Warm, funny and incredibly moving, we spoke to international writers Etgar Keret and Alain Mabanckou in Charlotte Square Gardens before their event about the enduring meaning of home.

Afterwards we asked fans what they thought about the event. That reviewer was fellow novelist Mic… Kate Tempest with Don Paterson Event Still in her twenties, the ferociously-talented Kate Tempest has been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, won the Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry and secured a novel contract with Bloomsbury… What Is the 21st Century Doing to our Teenagers Event Nicola Morgan, author of Blame My Brain and The Teenage Guide to Stress, reveals the science and psychology of teenage brains and the many challenges adolescents face, such as exams, friendships and anxiety disorders.

Morgan believes that books can help u… Interview - David Reynolds We had a quick chat with the brilliant writer David Reynolds about his fascinating journey down Highway 83 before his event in Charlotte Square Gardens. Find out from some audience members to see what they thought about the event. You can see David's … Interview - Ghada Karmi Ghada Karmi joined us in Charlotte Square Gardens for a sneak preview of her event about returning to her homeland of Palestine after many years of exile, which she has documented in her new book, Return: A Palestinian Memoir.

Don't take it from us though,… Jesse Jackson Event One of the best-respected and most formidable civil rights activists of the 20th century, the Reverend Jesse Jackson worked for Martin Luther King in the s… Making Meaning of the Voices Event People with severe mental health issues are often stigmatized by society. From drugs to psychiatry, solutions are complex and expensive.

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Also hear from some audience members to see what they thought about the ev… Greg Proops Event Greg Proops is well-known for his appearances on the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? As a lone voice at her workplace, Lucas is the perfect outsider — ideally positione… David Crystal Event A linguist and an expert on the development of the English language, David Crystal presents two books that tell us a great deal about English as it is spoken in the 21st century.

In the Siobhan Dowd Trust Memorial Lecture was delivered by novelist Matt Haig, whose books for chi… Julia Donaldson and Peter May Event With the domination of the English language in publishing, we can often overlook what happens beyond our borders. How does a writer's work travel to other nations? How do authors keep ownership of their translations? One of the most intelligent and likeable comics in the land, Paul Merton has had his fair share of darkness and tragedy… David Reynolds Event Watch David Reynolds discuss his journey to discover whether the American Dream is keeping its sheen with Sheena McDonald.

Or is he just bullshitting? You can also hear from a real life mother and daughter from the… Interview - Jussi Adler-Olsen Bestselling Danish crime writer and creator of the Department Q novels Jussi Adler-Olsen joined us for a quick chat in Charlotte Square Gardens before his event. We also asked some of his fans what they thought about what he had to say.

Yet despite their disparate locations, these stories are un… Michael Morpurgo event Only Remembered is a timeless and seminal anthology of First World War literature for children, edited by Michael Morpurgo and featuring artwork from renowned illustrator Ian Beck.


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The author of more than 20 novels and plays, Mda is now reside… Omid Djalili event Acclaimed comedian and actor Omid Djalili has produced a joyously funny memoir about growing up and finding fame as a young Iranian in London. You can also watch Melissa Benn's full hour-long event, recorded live at the Edi… Nicholas Parsons event The much-loved radio show Just a Minute has been delighting listeners for 46 years and every single episode of the programme has been hosted by Nicholas Parsons.

In this event she t… Diana Gabaldon event The Outlander books by Arizona-based author Diana Gabaldon have achieved sales figures that would make your eyes water. Little wonder that Doune Castle was recently besieged by fans keen to see the TV version being filmed. The latest instalment, Written i… Stripped Comic Fair Film Stripped mini comic fair: Scotland's finest comics creators come to Charlotte Square Gardens… Diana Gabaldon event The Outlander books by Arizona-based author Diana Gabaldon have achieved sales figures that would make your eyes water.

In this event, recorded live at t… Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Cosslett event Co-founders of The Vagenda blog, journalists Rhiannon Cosslett and Holly Baxter ended up with an instant hit; the blog received over 7 million views in year one and has received votes of approval from the likes of Caitlin Moran and Laurie Penny. Two years ago he made his novel-writing debut and his second book, Blood Whispers wraps a grim tale around the CIA, Serbian gangs and a f… Alasdair Gray event Hear the inimitable Alasdair Gray talking about his almost-autobiography, his masterpiece Lanark and his meetings with other literary figures at the Book Festival… Omid Djalili event Acclaimed comedian and actor Omid Djalili has produced a joyously funny memoir about growing up and finding fame as a young Iranian in London.

He joined us to read from a new publication, This Poem.

In this event… Malala Yousafzai event Inspirational education activist and Pakistani school pupil, Malala Yousafzai came to the Edinburgh International Book Festival to talk to a packed theatre full of teenagers. Now he returns to the subject with the much-anticipated The Zone of Interest. Hear how Sinclair created a central character … Interview - Bonnie Greer We caught up with the wonderful Bonnie Greer before her Book Festival event for a quick chat about the first volume of her memoirs, A Parallel Life.

You can also see her hour-long event, filmed live at Edinburgh International Book Festival, here on our we… Interview - Omid Djalili Acclaimed comedian and actor Omid Djalili talks about his joyously funny memoir about growing up as an Iranian in London in this interview at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Aimless Love, his first collection of new and selected poems for 12 years, is elegant, poignant and thrillingly accessible.

Leigh Bardugo's debut series, The Grisha Trilogy, is set in an alternative … The Moth event To celebrate the UK launch of their first book, which collects together 50 of their best stories, we invited The Moth, the legendary US storytelling organisation, to create a special one-off evening of stories inspired by our strand of events, Conversatio… Interview - Karl Ove Knausgaard In this Interview, filmed at Edinburgh International Book Festival in August , Norwegian literary sensation Karl Ove Knausgaard chats briefly about being a writer, doing author events and about Boyhood Island, the third book in his epic and much-discu… The Principle of Religion event Richard Holloway, Rowan Williams, Rchard Sennett and Angela Zito explore the key ideas that have shaped humanity.

In this event: the ideas and impact of religious belief… Charlie Adlard and Robbie Morrison event Dream team Charlie Adlard and Robbie Morrison came to Edinburgh to talk about White Death, a frank graphic novel account of two dead bodies discovered almost years on, and highlighting how snow was used as a military weapon. In this event, filmed live… Karl Ove Knausgaard event Norwegian literary sensation Karl Ove Knausgaard has been gathering an ever-increasing band of avid followers with his epic and much-discussed six-volume novel cycle, My Struggle.

Now Billy Collins returns with Aimless Love, his first collection of new and selected poems for 12 years. Elegant, poignant and thrillin… William Fotheringham event Long before Bradley Wiggins took the world by storm, British cycling already had a hero. Tom Simpson was world champion and the first Briton to wear yellow in the Tour de France.

In he died during a stage of the Tour while climbing the monstrous Mont… Lynn Barber event Fearsomely incisive interviewer and journalist Lynn Barber faced a Twitter storm after an article on tennis superstar Rafael Nadal, but anonymous cyberhate is nothing for someone who has taken on the likes of Gore Vidal, James Stewart and Salvador Dali. I… Melissa Benn event Airbrushed supermodels, unrealistically skinny celebrities, casual sexism in the media.

Why, despite everything, are women still not paid equally or properly represented on corporate boards?

Simon Gray Unbound The Journey of a Dramatist

She returned to Edinburgh with her third novel, The Friday Gospels, the story… Hadley Freeman event Guardian journalist Hadley Freeman is known for her hugely entertaining daily columns. Why do these flights of fancy influence our reality? Servant's habit of responding to junk emails and striking up a relationship with… Francesca Simon: Horrid Henry event You may not want Horrid Henry as your son or brother but how much fun would it be to have him in class?

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And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby? Caitlin Moran is on a mission to reclaim feminism… Kirstin Innes reading Horror Story Kirstin Innes' Horror Story is just one of a whole series of podcasts of leading authors reading their stories on the theme of 'Elsewhere'… Denise Mina reading We Are All Waiting The popular Scottish crime-writer reading her story on the theme of Elsewhere… John Hartson Event The explosively talented Welsh footballer John Hartson enjoyed success with Arsenal and West Ham before becoming a striker for Celtic, where he scored more than goals in a glorious five year period… Robert Coover Event The reissue of his early novels as Penguin Classics in underlines his status as a giant of American literary postmodernism.

But the book has become a story in itself. Fiercely independent and a thorn in the side of several Prime Ministers, his contributions to politics include his vocal opposition to military inter… Richard Bath and Tommy Macpherson event Rugby writer Richard Bath has tackled a very different kind of battle in aiding Sir Tommy Macpherson with his memoir, Behind Enemy Lines.

Chan Koonchung does precisely that… Michel Faber Event The astonishing, triumphant television adaptation of Michel Faber's novel The Crimson Petal and the White represents a radical new step for the previously tired costume drama genre. In this event, Faber discussed his book with Lucinda Coxon,… Louise Welsh reading Vanishing Point The popular Scottish novelist reads her exclusive short story as part of our Elsewhere series of podcasts… Alasdair Gray event Thirty years ago Lanark was published, which confirmed Alasdair Gray as the most ferociously inventive Scottish writer of his generation.