Picador goes to the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

11 July 2016

Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place from 11-29 August this year, and as always the line-up is packed with brilliant events featuring some of the finest authors, illustrators, poets and artists at work today.

We highly recommend taking a look at the full programme, but to help you out we’ve picked out the Picador authors appearing in Edinburgh this year…
 

KATE TEMPEST­ – STREAM OF CONSCIENCE

Sat 13 Aug, 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

One of the highlights of last year’s Festival was Kate Tempest’s trance-like, incantatory performance of her poetry. This year, the playwright-rapper-poet has extended her narrative voice once again, with a novel that explores the dreams, memories and everyday lives of a cast of characters living in London. The Bricks that Built the Houses is an electrifying debut from a rising star of British literature.

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ZAFFAR KUNIAL WITH JACKIE KAY – BETWEEN THE DEE AND THE DON

Mon 15 Aug, 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

What does it mean to be a British writer of mixed heritage in the 21st century? Jackie Kay was born to a Scottish mother and Nigerian father, while Zaffar Kunial was born to an English mother and a Kashmiri father. Kunial, whose first collection of verse was published in 2014, draws heavily on his rich Anglo-Asian cultural heritage, and writes of ‘the legacy of exchanging words across the centuries’.

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This is one of several events featuring Scottish Makar Jackie Kay, who is one of the guest selectors for Edinburgh 2016. The others include:

Matthew Kay & Sam Ruddock with Jackie Kay ­– Look at You Now, Our Haunted Hero (Tuesday 16 August, 3:15pm - 4:15pm)

Carol Ann Duffy with Jackie Kay – A Dialogue in Poems (Wednesday 17 August, 1:30pm - 2:30pm)

Open Book on the Poetry and Fiction of Jackie Kay – Reading Workshop (Thursday 18 August, 11:00am - 12:30pm)

Jackie Kay with Nicola Sturgeon – Poems for People (Thursday 18 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm)

 

CHARLOTTE COLLINS, DANIEL HAHN & DEBORAH SMITH

Man Booker International Prize, MEET THE SHORTLISTED TRANSLATORS

Wed 17 Aug, 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Garden Theatre

2016 heralds the relaunch of the Man Booker International Prize: now annual and with the £50,000 prize split equally between novelist and translator. To celebrate, three of the shortlisted translators discuss the key role of translation in bringing international fiction to an English-speaking audience.

Charlotte Collins is translator of Robert Seethaler’s A Whole Life; Daniel Hahn translated José Eduardo Agualusa’s A General Theory of Oblivion; and Deborah Smith is translator of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian. Chaired by Daniel Medin. 

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GILLIAN CLARKE & CAROL ANN DUFFY – NATIONAL POETS, PERSONAL POETRY

Thu 18 Aug, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

For their first time on stage together at the Book Festival, National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy present their recently published collections of poems. The words of these two exceptional writers has shaped the poetic landscape of the past four decades. From the deeply personal to the fiercely political, their poetry has offered inspiration, understanding, solace and insight.

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HANNAH KOHLER & DAVID MEANS – IN THE SLIPSTREAM OF VIETNAM

Thu 18 Aug, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Writers' Retreat

It’s hard to believe that Hannah Kohler’s The Outside Lands is a debut novel. Riveting and beautifully written, it tells a morally complex story of family ties during the Vietnam war. David Means’ ambitious novel Hystopia is not so much a Vietnam war narrative as a ‘traumatic memory’; a series of splintered shards through which accounts of trauma are told. Both works raise the question of where ‘truth’ lies in war. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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DANIEL RACHEL ­­– IN PRAISE OF PROTEST SONGS

Sat 20 Aug, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

Political protest seems to happen more in other countries nowadays, but in the 70s and 80s Britain was awash with activism, both on the streets and on the musical stage. In this event, Daniel Rachel discusses the golden era of Rock Against Racism, Red Wedge and 2 Tone with Vic Galloway, cataloguing interviews with many of the period’s key players. Are we living in too cynical a time for similar movements to gather momentum now?

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JESSIE BURTON & SUSAN FLETCHER ­– NOVEL PORTRAITS OF ARTISTS

Mon 22 Aug ,7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Spiegeltent

Her previous novel The Miniaturist was one of the bestselling debuts in a decade. Now Jessie Burton has written The Muse, an explosive story about love, deception and the art scene in 1960s London. Burton is joined by Whitbread First Novel Award-winning writer Susan Fletcher. Her new novel Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew is a tender portrait of those who looked after Van Gogh in his final frenetic years.

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JOHN GLENDAY & J O MORGAN – SHORTCUT TO POETIC SUCCESS

Mon 22 Aug 10:15am - 11:15am
The Spiegeltent



These Scottish writers demonstrate the possibilities of verse and are regarded as two of Britain’s most invigorating poets. John Glenday’s The Golden Mean is a meditation on the fragility of life, and a reminder of the humble things which offer transient beauty. J O Morgan’s Interference Pattern is thrillingly original: one reviewer described it as ‘a work to be caught in snatches, by stealth, as life itself sometimes is’.

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ANTHONY CARTWRIGHT & DAVID COVENTRY

Tue 23 Aug, 8:30pm - 9:30pm  
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

David Coventry is inspired by the antipodean cyclists of the first English-speaking team in Tour de France history for his stellar novel, The Invisible Mile. He'll be joined by Anthony Cartwright, author of How I Killed Margaret Thatcher, who will be discussing his novel Iron Towns. Both are unforgettable meditations on keeping dreams alive when hopes turn to ashes.

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BEN JUDAH & ROWAN MOORE – LONDON: CAPITAL OF ELSEWHERE

Fri 26 Aug, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Studio Theatre

The migrant population of London has topped three million. It has become flooded with international money as well as foreigners rich and poor. Foreign correspondent Ben Judah in This is London, and Observer Architecture critic Rowan Moore in Slow Burn City, chart the changes in these compulsive, thought-provoking non-fiction books. Every international city could learn much from their lucid and compassionate ideas. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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MEGAN BRADBURY & BENJAMIN MARKOVITS ­– AMERICAN DREAMERS

Fri 26 Aug, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Writers' Retreat

The Big Apple’s boom years are imagined through the eyes of famous New Yorkers in Megan Bradbury’s bravura novel Everyone is Watching. Robert Mapplethorpe, Walt Whitman, Edmund White and Robert Moses each share the narrative, with intriguing results. Over in Detroit, Benjamin Markovits’ novel You Don’t Have to Live Like This imagines an investment opportunity for a writer whose career’s in a rut. Both depict America as a gorgeously odd place.

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GARTH GREENWELL – CRUISING FOR SELF-DISCOVERY

Sun 28 Aug, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Writers' Retreat

In Bulgaria after communism, personal freedom is improving but homosexual love remains a cultural taboo. This is the setting for What Belongs to You, Garth Greenwell’s novel about the life of a young American man in search of love, sex and ‘helpless desire’. Powerful and richly characterised, the book has been hailed as ‘the great gay novel of our times’ (New Republic), and ‘an instant classic’ (New York Times).

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DAN BOOTHBY & GARETH WILLIAMS ­– NATURAL HISTORY'S MYSTERIES

Mon 29 Aug, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Garden Theatre

Harbouring a lifelong obsession with Gavin Maxwell’s Ring of Bright Water trilogy, Dan Boothby jumped at a chance to move to the author’s Highlands home. Island of Dreams is Boothby’s story of the history (natural and human) he found there. In A Monstrous Commotion: The Mysteries of Loch Ness, Gareth Williams investigates the scientific community’s moves to quash exploration of the ancient loch’s mysteries.

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GARTH GREENWELL ON GIOVANNI'S ROOM – READING WORKSHOP

Mon 29 Aug, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Writers' Retreat

American author Garth Greenwell explores Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. Just as Greenwell’s own debut novel What Belongs to You does, Baldwin’s 1956 work provides complex representations of homosexuality with empathy and artistry, thereby promoting a broader discussion on same-sex attraction. Expect an open discussion from the start: you can either read the book ahead of the event or be inspired to pick it up afterwards.

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LENA ANDERSSON & S E CRAYTHORNE ­ – UNRELIABLE NARRATORS

Mon 29 Aug, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Writers' Retreat

The unique power of novels is that they get inside the heads of their characters. That inner world is all the more intriguing when we can’t entirely trust their testimony. Lena Andersson’s Wilful Disregard is a story of a woman’s self-deception that will have readers’ cheeks burning with recognition, while S E Craythorne’s chilling debut How You See Me consists of Daniel’s creepy correspondence with the love of his life, Alice.

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The best of the rest…

A few other handpicked events from Edinburgh that we highly recommend

SARAH LEIPCIGER ON THE BORDER TRILOGY

Wed 24, Aug 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Writers' Retreat

In today's workshop, Canadian novelist Sarah Leipciger explores The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy. Originally published as separate novels, the books as a whole have a distinct arc – from romanticism, to a sense of desolation, ending with the loss of an entire way of life. Expect an open discussion from the start: you can either read the book ahead of the event or be inspired to pick it up afterwards.

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DON PATERSON – SONNETS AND SONGS

Fri 26 Aug, 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Studio Theatre

There isn’t much that Don Paterson hasn’t achieved as a poet since Nil Nil. The Queen’s Gold Medal, the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Award… and with his collection of 40 Sonnets he has added to the view that he’s one of the most gifted poets alive today. Ambitious, accessible, assured and sometimes angry, Paterson’s verse provides the rhythm for an event featuring his musical band, The Don Paterson Situation.

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JULIA DONALDSON & FRIENDS

Sat 13 August, 10:00am - 11:00am
Sun 14 August, 10:00am - 11:00am
Sun 28 Aug, 10:00am - 11:00am

Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Festival favourite Julia Donaldson is joined by The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler and friends for a highly interactive and hugely entertaining event of live drawing, songs and rhymes. Also joining the party is writer James Robertson with his Scots translation of Julia's much-loved book, The Reiver Rat.

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>>>Take a look at the full Edinburgh International Book Festival programme 

 

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