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EIBF: Marcel Theroux with John Gray

August 26, 2013

24/08/2013 15.30: Marcel Theroux with John Gray John Gray introduced Marcel Theroux’s novel Strange Bodies as a ‘speculative thriller’ that explores transhumanism, i.e. the possibility of escaping death through technology. Gray was an ideal chair as his 2011 book The Immortalization Commission:...

EIBF: John Gray

August 24, 2013

23/08/2013 15.00: John Gray Esteemed political philosopher John Gray  has written The Silence of Animals, a sequel to his 2002 publication Straw Dogs. Gray lectured for fifteen minutes on his philosophical position before the audience was given a chance to respond. He made clear...

EIBF: Laurie Penny with Faisal Islam

August 24, 2013

Edinburgh International Book Festival 20/08/2013 16.00: Laurie Penny In July 2012 two feminists, Laurie Penny and Molly Crabapple, headed to Greece. Their plan was to experience and document the civil unrest spreading through the country. The result is Discordia, a 30,000 word journalistic...

EIBF: David Campbell and Linda Williamson

August 23, 2013

19/08/2013 15.30: David Campbell and Linda Williamson It is always dangerous for a chairperson to announce to a paying audience: ‘I’m not quite sure what’s going to happen’. But this is what Edinburgh’s Makar, Ron Butlin, did by way of outlining the agenda. The gamble paid off.  David...

EIBF: Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize – Lochhead, McKie, Batchelor and Hadfield

August 20, 2013

18/08/2013 18.45: Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize   Liz Lochhead chaired a re-launch of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize. She was joined by three previous winners. She opened proceedings with a recital of Morgan’s ‘The Apple Song’ before allowing Jane McKie, Paul Batchelor and Jen Hadfield to take...

EIBF: Alistair Moffat and James Naughtie

August 19, 2013

16/08/2013 13.30: Alistair Moffat and James Naughtie  As the independence debate intensifies it might be forgotten that there are many different Scotlands. The two Scotlands that Alistair Moffat examines in his new book, Britain’s Last Frontier, are divided by a cultural and geological fault...

EIBF: Kathleen Jamie

August 16, 2013

Edinburgh International Book Festival 15/08/2013 10.15: Kathleen Jamie Kathleen Jamie packed so much poetry in to this hour the atmosphere in the Spiegel tent could have turned claustrophobic. Thankfully her poems cleared the air with their precision and clarity. Jamie eschewed long introductions and...

EIBF: Alasdair Gray

August 15, 2013

The furore over his essay ‘Settlers and Colonists’ was the pretext for Alasdair Gray’s appearance in this year’s programme, which also promised a consideration of his non-fiction. But if the author did clarify some his views on the former there was no in-depth discussion of the latter. This...

EIBF: Meg Bateman, Josep Lluis Aguilo, Peter Mackay and Carles Torner

August 14, 2013

  Listening to four poets, each reading one after the other, may sound like too much of an earful. All the more so if two of them speak Gaelic and two Catalan. But this performance was beautiful and well-organised linguistic chaos. The chair, Niall O’Gallagher, displayed an impressive trilinguilism...

EIBF: Peter Stothard and Michael Jacobs

August 14, 2013

Audience members in Peppers Theatre were few and far between for this discussion, chaired by Magnus Linklater. Peter Stothard and Michael Jacobs have both written memoirs which incorporate aspects of biography, travel writing and history.  Jacobs’ The Robber of Memories: A River Journey...

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