Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013 celebrates 30 years

2013 Edinburgh International Book FestivalWould you like to go to the largest celebration of the written word in the world?

Edinburgh’s international book festival takes place on 10th – 26th August, with  over 800 writers and thinkers from across the planet brought together in 700 events to rub shoulders with the audience. This year’s programme has been announced and tickets go on sale on 28th June. It sounds great. 

So many highlights to choose from, here’s a flavour

Margaret Atwood launching her new novel  MaddAddam, the Man. The Booker Prize-winning author highlights why there is no such thing as genre, showing why the best fiction breaks literary boundaries, plays with the rules and draws on a range of influences from history and contemporary culture.

Gavin Esler: The Collapse of Trust. A leading voice in British journalism, Gavin Esler presents a series of events looking at our loss of faith in institutions that have previously upheld society’s values. From the devalued British intelligence network to the discredited financial sector, Esler presents conversations that ask why so many old certainties have withered away.

Stripped is a key part of this year’s Book Festival programme, celebrating comics, graphic novels and the people who create them.Over four intense days in Charlotte Square Gardens, more than 40 events lay bare the incredible scope of comics and graphic novels being produced today. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet the writers and artists behind this surprising, witty and insightful literary form.

Neil Gaiman: Reshaping Modern Fantasy. In a series of four unique conversations – with a psychologist, a theatre director, an artist and a novelist – Neil Gaiman explores the reshaping of the modern fantasy story and how readers’ perceptions of the modern writer have changed. Each event looks at a different aspect of the artist, from the memory and imagination of childhood to why making ‘good art’ involves the breaking of rules.

Kate Mosse: Women in the 21st Century. The bestselling author and founder of the Orange Prize (now re-named the Women’s Fiction Prize) presents a series of discussions re-evaluating the role of women in the world today. Why does society, business, even literature, remain obstinately resistant to an equal voice for women? Kate Mosse explores the issues in discussions with fellow authors.