What’s On at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

June 20th, 2018

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival will be returning to Charlotte Square this summer, and we can’t wait. There are lots of events, talks, workshops and panels to look forward to over the festival, from 11-27 August 2018.

We have some free copies of the Edinburgh International Book Festival programme available in the main reception at Eskmills, so be sure to drop by Stuart House and pick up a festival guide! Here are our pick of a few events to look out for at this year’s festival.

25 Years of Horrible Histories

A favourite of kids and adults alike for the past 25 years, join the creators of Horrible Histories for a celebration of the series. Author Terry Deary and illustrator Martin Brown are marking the special anniversary with a new yearbook, as well as reissuing all the titles in the series. Join the pair for a fun-filled afternoon full of foul facts and hilarious history.

More info: edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/25-years-of-horrible-histories

Colouring Charles Rennie Mackintosh with Eilidh Muldoon

Another event that’ll be great for all the family is Colouring Charles Rennie Mackintosh with Eilidh Muldoon. Eilidh is an illustrator who has created a series of colouring books, and the newest one is themed around Charles Rennie Mackintosh. His iconic designs will provide plenty of inspiration at this colour-along event.

More info: edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/colouring-charles-rennie-mackintosh-with-eilidh-muldoon

Picturing Victorian Scotland

Rock music legend Brian May will be teaming up with Dr Roger Taylor to discuss Scotland’s role in the development of photography during the 19th century. Focusing on pioneer George Washington Wilson, they will show key examples of his work using a stunning new 3D projection system and present their accompanying book, George Washington Wilson, Artist and Photographer.

More info: edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/brian-may-roger-taylor-12047

Maggie O’Farrell

Renowned Edinburgh-based author, Maggie O’Farrell, will return to the Book Festival this summer. Maggie will be discussing her most recent book, I Am, I Am, I Am. It’s an unconventional and thought-provoking memoir, written for Maggie’s daughter, about 17 moments in her life when death came terrifyingly close.

More info: edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/maggie-o-farrell-6-11677

How To Write Horror

Fancy yourself as a budding author? Head along to the How To Write Horror event to learn from some of the best in the business. Sally Gardner, Charlie Higson and Darren Shan will be taking part in a panel discussion, giving away plenty of top tips on how to write the perfect horror novel.

More info: edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/how-to-write-horror

Ruby Wax: A Guide for Living

Comedian Ruby Wax has penned a follow-up to her bestselling book, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, designed to help us live well. Chaired by Jackie McGlone, Ruby will discuss her latest book and reveal some tips on how to have a healthy mind in our confusing modern world.

More info: edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/ruby-wax-2

Ian Rankin

One of Edinburgh’s best loved writers, Ian Rankin is a familiar face at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This year, he returns with a celebration of 30 years of the Inspector Rebus novels. As well as discussing the inspiration behind the detective series, he will also be dropping some hints about what Rebus will be getting up to in the next book, In a House of Lies, which comes out in the autumn.

More info: edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/ian-rankin-14-12048