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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 [...]

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 [...]

Scottish Poetry Library extends fundraising drive, engages crowdfunding

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

As already noted in Teleread, the Scottish Poetry Library (SPL) has launched a fundraising drive to provide the remaining tranche of funds needed to support renovation and expansion of its [...]

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 [...]

Scottish Poetry Library launches appeal to fund expansion

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

The Scottish Poetry Library, nerve center of the poetry community in Scotland, has launched an appeal to fund expansion plans for its building, via online donations and other fundraising exercises. [...]

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, [...]

Edinburgh’s Stockbridge Library to get Book Week Scotland artwork

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of Edinburgh‘s lovelier local libraries, Stockbridge Library in the central district of Stockbridge, is due to receive an artwork by Glasgow-based artist Rachel Barron as part of this [...]

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 [...]

John Ruskin: Pedant or pioneer?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

John Ruskin (1890-1900), art critic, amateur artist, social thinker, and brilliant literary stylist, was one of those titans of Victorian industry that make modern creative figures seem feeble [...]

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. [...]

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