It’s that exciting day of the year for all book lovers: the Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced its programme, and what a programme it is. With just a few weeks to go until our own virtual festival, we thought we’d pick a few of our guests that you can join virtually from June 24-26, that you can then see in person in Charlotte Square Gardens in Edinburgh.
Michel Faber: Strange To Be Doing This Without Her.
We’re currently editing together our video with Michel Faber for the big weekend, but will definitely hope to get tickets to hear him talk in August discussing his new poetry book Undying. In it, he deals with the death of his wife Eva after a six year battle with cancer in verse that is both tender and personal, and deals with the harsh realities of death.
Tahmima Anam & Helen Sedgwick: A Meeting of Minds.
Mary Paulson-Ellis & Nicholas Searle: Tales of the Unexpected.
We’re rather excited to see two thirds of our debut showcase joining the Edinburgh Book Festival line-up in two excellent events. Whether it’s about mysteries, or two strangers connecting, both events will be discussing shared themes in their books, and are a must-see from great new authors.
Claire Askew & Helen Mort: Outspoken Women.
Claire, who will join us to talk about some of her favourite poetry, joins Helen as they give voices to “women doing extraordinary things” in their work. This sounds like it’s going to be an utterly enthralling conversation to check out.
Tom Lanoye & James Yorkston: Bittersweet Tales.
We’re whittling down a mammoth podcast from James for our weekend as we speak, and highly recommend catching him with Tom as they discuss their novels – The Three Craws and Fortunate Slaves respectively.
Tom Ellen, Lucy Ivison & Non Pratt: Friendship, Music and Lies.
Non will be taking part in our Communities in YA Twitter chat in a few weeks, and come August she will be taking part in this magnificent event that looks at the strong bonds forged in YA and their journeys along the way.
In reality, the Edinburgh International Book Festival programme is spectacular from start to finish, so it was easiest for us to look through the lens of our own online events to help whittle them down.
We barely scraped the surface on what they have on offer, so go check out their full programme here. Who will you be seeing in Edinburgh in August?