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The Edinburgh International Book Festival is one of the largest public celebrations of the written word in the world. Internationally renowned writers and thinkers from around the world gather in Charlotte Square Gardens, the Book Festival’s home, to trade stories, share ideas, discuss the hot topics of the day, inspire audiences and answer questions. The result is a wonderfully diverse programme of creative, joyful, interactive experiences. You can listen to some of the author events and discussions in this free series of podcasts – a small selection of what went on in Edinburgh during August 2019. There are also videos of selected events on Edinburgh International Book Festival’s YouTube channel (edbookfest).

Latest Episodes

Jokha Alharthi at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

In May 2019, Jokha Alharthi became the first Arabic language writer to win the Man Booker International Prize for her searing novel Celestial Bodies. She also became the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English thanks to Marilyn Booth, with whom she shares the prize. Alharthi joins the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2019 to discuss her path to success as well this work of incredible depth, which follows the lives of three sisters in the village of al-Awafi through heartbreak, marriage and duty with tenderness and subtlety. Expect to hear an enlightening introduction to Omani literature and celebration of international ideas chaired by Fiammetta Rocco.

61 MIN2019 NOV 22
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Jokha Alharthi at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Mike Berners-Lee at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Warnings of looming environmental catastrophe rain down on us with increasing frequency, and only the most ardent climate change sceptics deny we live at a crucial point for the Earth's future. Join sustainability expert Mike Berners-Lee in a live conversation with WWF’s Tanya Steele at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019, as he cuts through the noise with practical advice on how we can avoid calamity, drawn from his book There is No Planet B, a ‘Handbook for the Make or Break Years’.

35 MIN2019 NOV 20
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Mike Berners-Lee at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Tessa McWatt & Zeba Talkhani at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

In a pair of moving memoirs, Guyana-born Canadian writer Tessa McWatt and Zeba Talkhani, who was raised in Saudi Arabia, explore themes of race, feminism, heritage and belonging. McWatt’s Shame On Me is a journey through the multiple threads of her identity. In My Past Is a Foreign Country, Talkhani charts her experiences as a British Muslim feminist with nuance and generosity. They come together at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 to share their stories in an event chaired by Nadine Aisha Jassat.

60 MIN2019 NOV 18
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Tessa McWatt & Zeba Talkhani at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Mary Robinson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

While the realities of climate change are not always visible, the realisation that our grandchildren will live in troubled times can catalyse action. After becoming a grandmother, former Irish president and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson travelled the world to learn about the fight back. In her book Climate Justice, she describes the people working to overcome the threat. In a live event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 she shares her hopeful account in conversation with Ruth Wishart.

56 MIN2019 NOV 15
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Mary Robinson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Giles Yeo at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Whenever the latest dieting fad comes along, those promoting new theories are well fed on the proceeds, while many people trying to shed pounds are left wondering why nothing seems to work. Meet Giles Yeo, geneticist and presenter on BBC’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, who has spent 20 years researching the brain’s relationship to food intake. In his book Gene Eating, he describes his work and why he’s determined to break this cycle. Hear all about it in this live recording from the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 chaired by Ruth Wishart.

54 MIN2019 NOV 13
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Giles Yeo at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Serhii Plokhy at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

‘Heartbreaking stories of heroism’ set against a backdrop of ‘political cynicism and scientific ignorance'. That’s how judges described the winner of 2018's Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction – Serhii Plokhy’s Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy. The Harvard history professor and expert on the 1986 nuclear disaster presents a specially commissioned paper linking Chernobyl to the demise of the Soviet Union. Hear him shed light on the incredible book in a live event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 chaired by James Crawford.

61 MIN2019 NOV 11
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Serhii Plokhy at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Charly Cox, Theresa Lola & Tayi Tibble at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

‘It’s official. We’ve fallen (back) in love with poetry’ the Metro declared earlier this year, reporting a 12% increase in poetry book sales in 2018. Underpinning the boom are bold new voices exploring issues from politics to mental health on page, stage and social media. Three of the most exciting new talents – Charly Cox, Theresa Lola and Tayi Tibble – perform from their well-received debut collections at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 in an event chaired by fellow poet Becky Fincham.

65 MIN2019 NOV 8
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Charly Cox, Theresa Lola & Tayi Tibble at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Louise Doughty & Stuart Turton at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Meet two British writers of cleverly conceived and suspenseful stories, Louise Doughty and Stuart Turton, who come together to talk about their new novels at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle, Turton’s 2018 Costa First Novel Award-winning debut, sees its central character killed afresh daily until her would-be saviour tries to solve the riddle. Doughty, author of the hugely successful Apple Tree Yard, talks about Platform Seven, which has her protagonist trying to prevent people taking their own lives at a railway station. Their conversation is chaired by Lee Randall.

57 MIN2019 NOV 6
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Louise Doughty & Stuart Turton at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Matt Haig at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

The modern world can make us feel like the walls are closing in, but a vanguard of writers are here to help us cope – and none more so than Matt Haig. After the storming success of Reasons to Stay Alive comes Notes on a Nervous Planet, a wise and witty guide to kicking the habits around everything from sleep to social media to work that are making us less happy. Enjoy an hour of conversation at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 that will soothe your 21st century anxieties. Chaired by Lennie Goodings.

60 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Matt Haig at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Candice Carty-Williams & Annaleese Jochems at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Meet two authors chronicling the off-kilter experiences of upbeat millennials. Candice Carty-Williams’s novel Queenie sees a Jamaican British woman search for identity. Jojo Moyes called it ‘brilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking’. Annaleese Jochems’s classy debut Baby made waves back home: fellow New Zealander Eleanor Catton called it ‘sultry, sinister, hilarious and demented’. Their lively conversation at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 is chaired by Sasha de Buyl-Pisco.

59 MIN2019 NOV 1
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Candice Carty-Williams & Annaleese Jochems at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Latest Episodes

Jokha Alharthi at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

In May 2019, Jokha Alharthi became the first Arabic language writer to win the Man Booker International Prize for her searing novel Celestial Bodies. She also became the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English thanks to Marilyn Booth, with whom she shares the prize. Alharthi joins the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2019 to discuss her path to success as well this work of incredible depth, which follows the lives of three sisters in the village of al-Awafi through heartbreak, marriage and duty with tenderness and subtlety. Expect to hear an enlightening introduction to Omani literature and celebration of international ideas chaired by Fiammetta Rocco.

61 MIN2019 NOV 22
Comments
Jokha Alharthi at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Mike Berners-Lee at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Warnings of looming environmental catastrophe rain down on us with increasing frequency, and only the most ardent climate change sceptics deny we live at a crucial point for the Earth's future. Join sustainability expert Mike Berners-Lee in a live conversation with WWF’s Tanya Steele at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019, as he cuts through the noise with practical advice on how we can avoid calamity, drawn from his book There is No Planet B, a ‘Handbook for the Make or Break Years’.

35 MIN2019 NOV 20
Comments
Mike Berners-Lee at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Tessa McWatt & Zeba Talkhani at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

In a pair of moving memoirs, Guyana-born Canadian writer Tessa McWatt and Zeba Talkhani, who was raised in Saudi Arabia, explore themes of race, feminism, heritage and belonging. McWatt’s Shame On Me is a journey through the multiple threads of her identity. In My Past Is a Foreign Country, Talkhani charts her experiences as a British Muslim feminist with nuance and generosity. They come together at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 to share their stories in an event chaired by Nadine Aisha Jassat.

60 MIN2019 NOV 18
Comments
Tessa McWatt & Zeba Talkhani at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Mary Robinson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

While the realities of climate change are not always visible, the realisation that our grandchildren will live in troubled times can catalyse action. After becoming a grandmother, former Irish president and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson travelled the world to learn about the fight back. In her book Climate Justice, she describes the people working to overcome the threat. In a live event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 she shares her hopeful account in conversation with Ruth Wishart.

56 MIN2019 NOV 15
Comments
Mary Robinson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Giles Yeo at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Whenever the latest dieting fad comes along, those promoting new theories are well fed on the proceeds, while many people trying to shed pounds are left wondering why nothing seems to work. Meet Giles Yeo, geneticist and presenter on BBC’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, who has spent 20 years researching the brain’s relationship to food intake. In his book Gene Eating, he describes his work and why he’s determined to break this cycle. Hear all about it in this live recording from the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 chaired by Ruth Wishart.

54 MIN2019 NOV 13
Comments
Giles Yeo at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Serhii Plokhy at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

‘Heartbreaking stories of heroism’ set against a backdrop of ‘political cynicism and scientific ignorance'. That’s how judges described the winner of 2018's Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction – Serhii Plokhy’s Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy. The Harvard history professor and expert on the 1986 nuclear disaster presents a specially commissioned paper linking Chernobyl to the demise of the Soviet Union. Hear him shed light on the incredible book in a live event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 chaired by James Crawford.

61 MIN2019 NOV 11
Comments
Serhii Plokhy at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Charly Cox, Theresa Lola & Tayi Tibble at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

‘It’s official. We’ve fallen (back) in love with poetry’ the Metro declared earlier this year, reporting a 12% increase in poetry book sales in 2018. Underpinning the boom are bold new voices exploring issues from politics to mental health on page, stage and social media. Three of the most exciting new talents – Charly Cox, Theresa Lola and Tayi Tibble – perform from their well-received debut collections at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 in an event chaired by fellow poet Becky Fincham.

65 MIN2019 NOV 8
Comments
Charly Cox, Theresa Lola & Tayi Tibble at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Louise Doughty & Stuart Turton at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Meet two British writers of cleverly conceived and suspenseful stories, Louise Doughty and Stuart Turton, who come together to talk about their new novels at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019. The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle, Turton’s 2018 Costa First Novel Award-winning debut, sees its central character killed afresh daily until her would-be saviour tries to solve the riddle. Doughty, author of the hugely successful Apple Tree Yard, talks about Platform Seven, which has her protagonist trying to prevent people taking their own lives at a railway station. Their conversation is chaired by Lee Randall.

57 MIN2019 NOV 6
Comments
Louise Doughty & Stuart Turton at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Matt Haig at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

The modern world can make us feel like the walls are closing in, but a vanguard of writers are here to help us cope – and none more so than Matt Haig. After the storming success of Reasons to Stay Alive comes Notes on a Nervous Planet, a wise and witty guide to kicking the habits around everything from sleep to social media to work that are making us less happy. Enjoy an hour of conversation at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 that will soothe your 21st century anxieties. Chaired by Lennie Goodings.

60 MIN2019 NOV 4
Comments
Matt Haig at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Candice Carty-Williams & Annaleese Jochems at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Meet two authors chronicling the off-kilter experiences of upbeat millennials. Candice Carty-Williams’s novel Queenie sees a Jamaican British woman search for identity. Jojo Moyes called it ‘brilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking’. Annaleese Jochems’s classy debut Baby made waves back home: fellow New Zealander Eleanor Catton called it ‘sultry, sinister, hilarious and demented’. Their lively conversation at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 is chaired by Sasha de Buyl-Pisco.

59 MIN2019 NOV 1
Comments
Candice Carty-Williams & Annaleese Jochems at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
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