10th – 15th August 2019 – Edinburgh Book Festival

Edinburgh Book Festival

Date: Saturday 10th – 15th August 2019
Events
Date: Monday 12 August 2019
Time: 10 am

HOME FOR MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES?
Karine Polwart, Nayrouz Qarmout & Ali Smith with Val McDermid
‘Hordes’, ‘swarms’ and ‘invasion’ – words used in recent headlines to dehumanise migrants. Guest Selector Val McDermid explores stories of individuals and families who’ve faced the decision to leave their homeland. Nayrouz Qarmout talks of her birth in a Damascus refugee camp and her subsequent move to Gaza; Ali Smith discusses those she encountered in her work on the Refugee Tales project; and singer-songwriter Karine Polwart shares some of her powerful, deeply-felt music and ideas about the migrant experience.

Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019
Time: 8.30 pm

THE FINEST CRIME FICTION
Scotland’s undisputed Queen of Crime, Val McDermid, is back at the Book Festival with the latest knock-out thriller in her bestselling Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, How the Dead Speak. Spend an entertaining hour in the company of one of our finest genre writers, who capped a stellar 2018 with a stint on the Man Booker Prize jury.

Date: Wednesday 14 August 2019
Time: 10 am

WHAT IS HOME?
Leila Aboulela, Robin Robertson & Kamila Shamsie with Val McDermid
One of this year’s Guest Selectors, Val McDermid leads a lively and thought-provoking discussion on the shifting nature of home with three leading authors who have written about the topic. Cairo-born Leila Aboulela was raised in Khartoum but has lived…

Date: Thursday 15 August 2019
Time: 11:45 – 12:45

WHAT DOES HOMELESSNESS MEAN?
This discussion led by guest selector Val McDermid explores the many forms of homelessness: sleeping rough, sofa surfing, living in cars and temporary accommodation. Geographer Danny Dorling presents evidence about homelessness in British cities, while…

Date: Thursday 15 August 2019
Time:  17:30 – 18:15

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL IMPRISONED WRITERS SERIES: INDIGENOUS VOICES
All over the world people are persecuted or imprisoned for writing critically about their government or country. Often people’s freedom of expression is suppressed due to their indigenous background or because using their native language is too great a risk. Hear the work of writers who have taken that risk. Reading today are: Val McDermid, Annaleese Jochems and Taqralik Partridge.

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