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2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival

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In 2018, the Edinburgh International Book Festival (edbookfest) offered audiences the Freedom to Think in over 800 events with some of the world’s leading writers and performers. Topics under discussion included the future of democracy, the role of radical women in shaping society, the state of our oceans and the environment, the legacy of Edinburgh literary legend Muriel Spark, and the freedoms that matter most to us in an age of political upheaval. More than 900 novelists, poets, illustrators, historians, politicians, journalists, scientists and performers arrived from 55 countries to entertain, educate, inspire and debate with our audiences, in another unforgettable year for the Book Festival. Listen to a selection of our favourite events from across the programme in this free podcast series – there’s something for every taste and interest.

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Gerda Stevenson (2018 Event)

GREAT WOMEN OF SCOTLAND In histories written by men, good women have rarely been given much credit. In Scotland, there’s a growing urge to redress the balance and, with her new collection Quines, Gerda Stevenson has produced a very necessary corrective. These unforgettable poems recognise the salt sellers, the fish-gutters, scientists and politicians who have made such a key contribution to Scotland’s history. Chaired by Jackie McGlone. Part of our Scottish Ideas series of events.

57 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Gerda Stevenson (2018 Event)

Guy Gunaratne & Imran Mahmood (2018 Event)

EXPLOSIVE FICTION Meet two new writers whose debuts are turning heads. Guy Gunaratne’s In Our Mad and Furious City follows three young men in a London estate where riots are spreading after the killing of a British soldier. Imran Mahmood has spent his career as a barrister and he puts his experience to electric use in You Don’t Know Me, a courtroom drama which places the reader in the position of the jury.

58 MIN2018 NOV 12
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Guy Gunaratne & Imran Mahmood (2018 Event)

Jo Swinson (2018 Event)

ELIMINATING GENDER INEQUALITY As deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats and a former Government minister, Jo Swinson has seen all too clearly how power can be concentrated in the hands of men right across the business, cultural and political spectrum. Equal Power is the East Dunbartonshire MP’s call to arms; a practical and optimistic guide to what we can all do to make society truly gender equal, and she shares her ideas today. Part of our Politics for Change series of events.

55 MIN2018 NOV 9
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Jo Swinson (2018 Event)

Latest Episodes

Gerda Stevenson (2018 Event)

GREAT WOMEN OF SCOTLAND In histories written by men, good women have rarely been given much credit. In Scotland, there’s a growing urge to redress the balance and, with her new collection Quines, Gerda Stevenson has produced a very necessary corrective. These unforgettable poems recognise the salt sellers, the fish-gutters, scientists and politicians who have made such a key contribution to Scotland’s history. Chaired by Jackie McGlone. Part of our Scottish Ideas series of events.

57 MIN2018 NOV 14
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Gerda Stevenson (2018 Event)

Guy Gunaratne & Imran Mahmood (2018 Event)

EXPLOSIVE FICTION Meet two new writers whose debuts are turning heads. Guy Gunaratne’s In Our Mad and Furious City follows three young men in a London estate where riots are spreading after the killing of a British soldier. Imran Mahmood has spent his career as a barrister and he puts his experience to electric use in You Don’t Know Me, a courtroom drama which places the reader in the position of the jury.

58 MIN2018 NOV 12
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Guy Gunaratne & Imran Mahmood (2018 Event)

Jo Swinson (2018 Event)

ELIMINATING GENDER INEQUALITY As deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats and a former Government minister, Jo Swinson has seen all too clearly how power can be concentrated in the hands of men right across the business, cultural and political spectrum. Equal Power is the East Dunbartonshire MP’s call to arms; a practical and optimistic guide to what we can all do to make society truly gender equal, and she shares her ideas today. Part of our Politics for Change series of events.

55 MIN2018 NOV 9
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Jo Swinson (2018 Event)

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