Saturday, 23 August 2014

Edinburgh this Weekend - Book Festival

I’ve always been a book worm. From a young age my head was always stuck in a book and this has never really changed as I’ve got older. One of my earliest memories is going to the Edinburgh Book Festival with my primary school and looking round the book shop in absolute awe of the choices (before I would have been limited to looking only the children's books). 

Last night I went to see Francesca Martinez speak about her autobiography, What the **** is Normal?! and Irvine Welsh speak about his new book Sex Lives of Siamese Twins (and there was a reading of his next book A Decent Ride which is out April next year). Both fantastic events, especially Francesca Martinez - I read her book on holiday and now I’m slightly obsessed with her. Her attitude about disability and consumerism is amazing - although more on her later. Irvine Welsh spent a short time discussing his current book and then the questions were opened to the audience who wanted to know more about his overall influence as an author, whether he’d vote yes or no and what type of music he liked. 

Edinburgh Book Festival

This is the last weekend for the Book Festival and there’s defiantly still something for everyone. Saturday afternoon Michael Morpurgo is speaking about an anthology of children’s First World War Literature that he edited, in the evening there are two events celebrating the launch of the Book Festival’s new graphic novel, the first with Denise Mina, Pat Mills and Will Morris and the second with Kate Charlesworth, Mary Talbot and Irvine Welsh. Tomorrow Danny Dorling is speaking about how to avoid another housing crisis, then as part of the Amnesty International Imprisoned Writer Series, Malala Yousafzai’s work will be read by some of the festival authors. Even if you’re not planning on going to an event, it’s a great place to head for a drink, to soak up the atmosphere and buy a book or two.

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