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Hermann Nitsch: Das Orgien Mysterien Theater

For those unfamiliar with the work of Hermann Nitsch, Summerhall’s current exhibition provides a great and thought-provoking introduction to the work of this infamous and highly controversial artist. Nitsch’s art draws heavily on both medical and religious practices and associations, as the human body is being used both as the means and ends of art […]

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Fringe Literature

Book Fest 2015: John Boyne – Bringing it All Back Home

Monday, 24th August Chaired by Al Senter The Spiegeltent   Perhaps best known amongst book fans as the author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne is a versatile writer. Joining Al Senter in the wonderful Spiegeltent, Boyne was keen to talk about both his new novel, A History of Loneliness and his […]

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Fringe Literature

Book Fest 2015: Mark Levisohn – How the Fab Four Made History

Monday, August 24th Chaired by Al Senter Baillie Gifford Main Theatre   This event was set to be a treat to any Beatles fans, and so it was. Mark Levisohn, one of the world’s leading historians on the now infamous group, joined up with writer Al Senter to chat about the first book in a […]

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Fringe Literature

Preview: 2015 Edinburgh International Book Festival (Part II)

The first week of the 2015 Edinburgh International Book Festival is now over, and as we go into to the second half of this two-week long literary party The Student gives you its last preview of the year. It’s definitely not too late to head down to Charlotte Square garden for some interesting talks, as […]

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Book Fest 2015: Shami Chakrabarti and Security v Human Rights: How Can We Maintain Our Privacy?

Once named “The Most Dangerous Woman in Britain” (a title now stolen from her by the First Minister of Scotland), Shami Chakrabarti still has enough energy and passion to scare even the most stoic politician. A former Home Office civil servant, Chakrabarti is now the Director of Liberty, a UK civil rights organisation, and author […]

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Fringe Literature

Book Fest 2015: Alexander McCall Smith

August 18th and 20th Chaired by Jamie Jauncey and Janet Smyth Baillie Gifford Main Theatre   In his home city of Edinburgh, Alexander McCall Smith needs little introduction. Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Edinburgh and author of an impressive number of novels, poems, short stories, and books for children, McCall Smith, or […]

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Book Fest 2015: Ziauddin Sardar – The Future of Mecca

Tuesday, August 18th Chaired by Rosemary Burnett Garden Theatre   Ziauddin Sardar is perhaps an unknown name to many of The Student’s readers. However, considering the fact that he is one of this country’s leading expert on Islam and Muslim thought he probably ought to be better known. Although born in Pakistand, Sardar grew up […]

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Book Fest 2015: Kate Mosse – The Master of Time-Slip Fiction

Wednesday, August 19th Chaired by Jackie McGlone Baillie Gifford Main Theatre   Returning to the Book Fest yet again, Kate Mosse has now become one of the trademarks of the festival. Perhaps best known for her Languedoc Trilogy, featuring the novels Labyrinth, Sepulchre, and Citadel, last autumn Mosse published her first crime thriller, The Taxidermist’s […]