Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015 lineup announced

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced what it claims is “its most international programme to date,” under the title “Around the World in 18 Days.” According [...]

Cheltenham LitFest comes out in favor of fair pay for authors

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

The topic of fair pay for authors and other speakers participating in literary festivals is one that simply doesn’t ever seem to go away. I wrote a piece a couple of years ago highlighting how, [...]

Edinburgh International Book Festival announces special spring event with Kazuo Ishiguro

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Edinburgh International Book Festival, which hosts the Scottish capital’s key literary event of the year every August, has further expanded its program of all-year outreach events with the [...]

Edinburgh International Book Festival gets lottery grant support for further outreach

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has just announced a  £175,000 ($275,000) grant that will enable it to branch out from its normal remit of organizing the summer Festival events [...]

Jura distillery releasing 1984 malt in George Orwell commemoration

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Jura distillery, long a key sponsor at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, has now found a perhaps slightly more dubious route to literary celebrity, deciding to issue a special limited [...]

Kuwaiti author Mai Al-Nakib wins 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has just announced the winner of the 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award – Kuwaiti author Mai Al-Nakib, for her debut short [...]

Edinburgh International Book Festival holds autumn event for Marilynne Robinson

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Edinburgh International Book Festival, more familiar as an August fixture, is hosting an exceptional out-of-season event on the occasion of a visit by American author Marilynne Robinson, [...]

Irvine Welsh on Scottish independence

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 7, 2014 // 2 Comments

At this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival to speak and to promote his latest book, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, iconic modern Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh, who has probably done [...]

Further reflections on the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

The inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award with its £20,000 [$31,300] first prize was one of the highlights of this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. After the Award, I polled some of [...]

What future for writers in Scotland after the independence referendum?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the highlight debates of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, “Writing the Future: Being a Writer After the Referendum,” hinged on the question of what the actual results of [...]

Interview with Claire Askew, runner-up in the first Edwin Morgan Award

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

At this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, I spoke to Claire Askew, runner-up for the inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award for her unpublished collection ‘This changes [...]

The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014: Some concluding images

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here is a montage of shots from the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 – just to give you all a taste. And here’s to next year – in another country, perhaps [...]

Interview with Niall Campbell, winner of the first Edwin Morgan Award

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

At this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival, poet Niall Campbell came first in the inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award for young Scottish poets with a first collection (published or unpublished). Under the terms of the Award, he received £20,000 ($33,000), twice the value of the venerable and highly regarded James Tait Black Prize for fiction. I spoke to him about the Award and his own feelings regarding the Scottish tradition. [...]

James Clerk Maxwell: Scot, physicist, mathematician … and poet

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

While at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, I'd like to pay tribute to one of the city's many great intellectual sons: James Clerk Maxwell (1831-79), the titanic Victorian scientist whose work was described by Albert Einstein as the "most profound and the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton." His genius touched pure mathematics, electromagnetics, optics (color theory), kinetic theory and thermodynamics, astronomy (the rings of Saturn), and many other disciplines. And he was also a poet. [...]

Edinburgh International Book Festival ends on sustained high with independence referendum looming

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 wrapped up its three-week run in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square Gardens on Monday August 25th with a strong finish and scant sign of any slackening [...]

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