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Our Picks of the Edinburgh Book Festival 2016

One festival that seems to slip past us each year is the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This year, however, we’ve made a mental note to pick up the brochure, settle down with a cup of tea and flick through the sessions and talks on offer – with our purses in hand ready to get booking. The 2016 festival is jam-packed with a lineup of inspiring authors, broadcasters and key speakers who will be making the annual pilgrimage to the flagship event in Edinburgh’s ‘City of Literature’ calendar. Discover our picks of the August festival here.

Tim Burgess with Ian Rankin: More Tales of a Charlatan

Mixing music and literary goodness, Tim Burgess of The Charlatans and Ian Rankin, crime-writer, will we teaming up to discuss their passion for vinyl. From Iggy Pop to Paul Weller, if you’re a fan of spending a Saturday afternoon rooting through Ripping Records on South Bridge, you’ll love this.

Tim Burgess with Ian Rankin: More Tales of a Charlatan
Thursday 18 August
20:15
£12/£10

Laura Bates: A Manifesto for Empowered Women

Laura Bates, founder of Everyday Sexism – a place for women around the world to catalogue incidents of sexism experienced day to day – is a kick-ass lady. Her acceptance to refuse female stereotypes throughout the media has made her an influential voice for women everywhere. This is an unmissable event which has already (!) sold out. Luckily, we at Every Edinburgh have nabbed a seat for the session – stay tuned to our Instagram for updates on the day.

Laura Bates: A Manifesto for Empowered Women
Sunday 14 August
20:45
£12/£10

Esmahan Aykol & Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins, author of the much-hyped book (and soon to be film) Girl on the Train, will be in conversation with Turkish crimewriter Esmahan Aykol to discuss their books alongside host Rosie Goldsmith. This event is another sell-out as we write, but one worth keeping an eye on for last-minute tickets.

Esmahan Aykol & Paula Hawkins
Saturday 13 August
19:15
£12/£10

Tea, Cake and Colouring-in with Eilidh Muldoon

Every Edinburgh favourite Eilidh Muldoon (see our interview with her here) will be hosting a fun creative session for all ages as part of the festival in The Spiegeltent. Join her to spend your Wednesday afternoon colouring-in from her newest book release The Colouring Book of Scotland. You’ll also get a cuppa tea/juice and a slice of cake as part of your ticket entry – yum! An excuse to drag along the kids…!

Tea, Cake and Colouring-in with Eilidh Muldoon
Wednesday 17 August
16:15
£9

Carol Ann Duffy with Jackie Kay

Famed Glaswegian poet Carol Ann Duffy will be in conversation with fellow poet Jackie Kay, accompanied by a performance from Edinburgh musician John Sampson. Duffy’s poems have tackled issues such as oppression, gender, and violence and are a cornerstone in schools across the country.

Carol Ann Duffy with Jackie Kay
Wednesday 17 August
13:30
£12/£10

See the full lineup at edbookfest.co.uk