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Edinburgh International Book Festival | Live Subtitled

Set in a specially created tented village in the heart of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh International Book Festival offers something for just about every age and interest, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion.

The Book Festival welcomes novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, comic creators, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

This year 21 individual events will be live subtitled at the event, book your tickets now!

Francesca Simon: Happy Birthday Horrid Henry!
Francesca Simon brings you an interactive event bursting with Henry’s hilarious stories, including latest adventure Up, Up and Away.

Sat 17 Aug 2019, 10:00am
  Simon Armitage: Our New Poet Laureate
Simon Armitage looks at the many poems he’s written for standalone projects, commissions and collaborations, in a new collection. 

Sat 17 Aug 2019, 11:45am
  Bedlam and Bloodshed with Derek Landy
Detective Skulduggery Pleasant is back for an explosive escapade in Bedlam, which sees Valkyrie Cain embark on a lawless quest.

Sat 17 Aug 2019, 1:30pm
Sofie Hagen: Tackling Figures of Fun
Join her as she discusses body image and the notion that being fat is wrong in a society obsessed by shrinking - the topic of her book.

Sat 17 Aug 2019, 3:15pm
  Ian Robertson: Speaking to the Sporting Masses
Hear all about his life and illustrious career, which he's writtten about in Rugby: Talking a Good Game. He talks to Ruth Wishart.

Sat 17 Aug 2019, 5:00pm
  Benjamin Zephaniah: Averse to Injustice
A radical poet, political visionary and popular reggae artist, he tells the story of his life and the issues that propel his work. 

Sat 17 Aug 2019, 6:45pm
Ambrose Parry: The Anaesthetics of Crime
Will Raven is a qualified medical practitioner trying to clear his mentor’s name following the death of a patient. 

Sat 17 Aug 2019, 8:30pm
  Julia Neuberger with Richard Holloway: A New Jerusalem
The Westminster peer and Senior Rabbi makes a intervention with Antisemitism, a study of where it comes from and what it is now.

Sun 18 Aug 2019, 11:45am
  Mark Haddon: A New Classic
The author behind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time takes us on another wildly imaginative adventure in a modern-day reworking of Pericles. 

Sun 18 Aug 2019, 1:30pm
Into the Wild with Julian Clary and David Roberts
Monkey around with the Bolds, the wildest family in Teddington, trying to fit into a neighbourhood in which they don’t quite belong… 

Sun 18 Aug 2019, 3:15pm
  Roger McGough: Bringing People Together with Poetry
One of the country’s best-loved poets is back in Edinburgh with a brand new collection that is typically wry, warm and subtle. 

Sun 18 Aug 2019, 5:00pm
  Tom Devine: The Clearances and The Scottish People
Scotland’s leading historian sets the record straight, conjuring the voices of the dispossessed and exploding myths about Scotland.

Sun 18 Aug 2019, 6:45pm
Jeanette Winterson: Modern Monsters and Mad Genius
What would Mary Shelley think of A.I? In Frankissstein, Jeanette contrasts Shelley’s creation with a modern world.

Sun 18 Aug 2019, 8:15pm
  Victoria Hislop: Women in War
Sensitive and insightful about women’s experience of the trauma of war, Hislop shows she's at the top of her game. She talks to James Runcie.

Mon 19 Aug 2019, 3:15pm
  Horsing Around with Clare Balding
Charlie Bass’s best friend Polly has a talent with horses, but after an accident it looks like her skills will go to waste.

Mon 19 Aug 2019, 5:00pm
Arundhati Roy with Nicola Sturgeon: Never Look Away
More than a series of observations on justice, rights and freedoms: it’s a memoir of the Indian author’s life – as a writer and as a citizen. 

Mon 19 Aug 2019, 6:45pm
  Tracey Thorn: The Girl From Anytown
The singer-songwriter follows up her bestselling Bedsit Disco Queen with a witty walk through the maligned suburbia of her youth. 

Mon 19 Aug 2019, 8:30pm
  David Nicholls and Sally Magnusson: Do You Remember The Firs?
The flush of first love & summers on the cusp of adulthood are beautifully mined by David Nicholls.

Tue 20 Aug 2019, 3:15pm
Elmer’s Big Birthday with David McKee
Meet David McKee, the man behind the classic books, as well as TV character Mr Benn, as he talks about his life and works.

Tue 20 Aug 2019, 5:00pm
  Sue Perkins: Blundering Through Asia
Charting her odyssey through South East Asia, which took her along the Mekong River through Thailand, Cambodia and beyond.

Tue 20 Aug 2019, 6:45pm
  Ian Rankin: Criminally Good Fiction
The latest Rebus novel, In a House of Lies, is one of the finest yet – a smart procedural that zips around Edinburgh’s imaginary underworld. 

Tue 20 Aug 2019, 8:30pm



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