World in Words

30 Years Back, 30 Years Forward runs the main theme of the world’s largest literary festival, taking place this August in the historic city of Edinburgh. (Our hometown!)

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is a must for any book aficionados thinking about making a special pilgrimage to Scotland. And 30 years since visitors entered the modest gates of Charlotte Square Gardens to meet the likes of John Updike, Liz Lochead and Alasdair Gray, the festival has become bigger and better with each successive year.

This year 800 authors are descending upon Edinburgh in over 800 events, ranging from a celebration of comics and graphic novels in Stripped, to the reappearance of 2012’s highly successful Art of Translation events.

Highlights of this year’s 30th anniversary programme include Margaret Atwood’s talks on genre. Colm Tóibín will guide audiences through a close reading of Sons and Lovers as part of a new series of workshops. ‘The Reshaping of Modern Fantasy’ will be series of four conversations explored by Neil Gaiman. Kate Mosse will be presenting talks re-evaluating the role of women in the world today. Salman Rushdie will provide a keynote speech on the Best of Young British Novelists (many of whom are appearing as well).

Finally the event’s closing Sunday will include a retrospective on the life and works of the late Iain Banks, in a special event by close friends. A fitting celebration of talent for the Scottish writer.

via the Guardian


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