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Three To See 2015: Book Festival

By | Published on Saturday 8 August 2015


We are getting close to the end of Caro’s pre-festival Three To See tips now, but let’s look a little further ahead into the festival month to recommend some events happening at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival.

To Read Or Not to Read
There are so many celebs appearing at this year’s Book Festival – Jesse Jackson, Meera Syal, Alan Cumming and David Hare, to name but four – that it would be easy to get all star struck and forget that some of the best stuff to be found in Charlotte Square this August is the stuff that doesn’t necessarily involve the big names. Like this, an event that deals with how we can help young reluctant readers to get past the barriers that keep them from enjoying books. It’s an important issue, and one which will no doubt be dealt with brilliantly by authors Frank Cottrell Boyce and Keith Gray, plus publisher Mairi Stoke from Barrington Kidd.
Garden Theatre, 17 Aug

Mary Costello And Han Kang
I must confess to being initially attracted to this event because Han Kang’s book is called ‘The Vegetarian’, and the title caught my eye because I am a herbivore. However, then I looked into it a bit more, read some reviews, and put the book right at the top of my to-read-list. Then, of course, I read all about Mary Costello’s acclaimed debut novel ‘Academy Street’, and decided that I had to put that one at the top of my list as well. Which is it to be? Perhaps I will toss a coin. But either way, I would love to spend an hour in the company of these inspiring writers.
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, 16 Aug

George The Poet (pictured)
I keep thinking that spoken word has become super popular in the last few years, and spoken word just keeps confirming it by becoming ever more popular and edgy. One of its highly successful exponents is George The Poet, who addresses social and political issues, and earlier this year released a debut publication, ‘Introducing George The Poet: Search Party: A Collection of Poems’. His influences include Dizzee Rascal, Tupac Shakur, Maya Angelou and George Watsky… so that may, or, er, may not, give you something of an idea of what to expect…
Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, 21 Aug

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