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Poets’ Corner: the best spoken word nights in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has been a hot spot for poetry since Aneirin composed the Y Gododdin in the Dark Ages. Poets plaster the city, from the Scott Monument on Princes Street to…

EIBF 2023: Val McDermid: A Life in Writing

Perhaps befitting of the best-selling crime author, Val McDermid’s EIBF appearance on Monday 21st August opened with a long sponsorship video from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. The evening event…

EIBF 2023: Carol Ann Duffy

Few of the guests at the Edinburgh International Book Festival have the creative freedom or the boldness of Carol Ann Duffy. However, as a former Poet Laureate and one of…

EIBF 2023: Don Paterson

Don Paterson’s appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Wednesday 16th August was met with rapturous applause in the ECA’s Sculpture Hall. Accompanying the award-winning Dundonian poet was the…

EIBF 2023: Scottish BPOC Writers Network

BPOC’s panel at the Edinburgh International Book Festival attracted a younger and more diverse crowd than other events. Before the chair could introduce this event’s speakers, however, an event coordinator…

EIBF 2023: John King, Alan Warner & Irvine Welsh: Comedies of No Manners

After attending Jackie Kay’s launch of her new collection, A Life in Protest, at EIBF on Saturday afternoon, I was surprised to find an entirely different audience that evening for…

EIBF 2023: Jackie Kay: A Life in Protest

Jackie Kay – acclaimed Scottish free verse poet, political activist, and former Makar (national poet for Scotland) – returned to Edinburgh this weekend for an appearance at the International Book…

Spotlight: Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde: self-described “black, lesbian, feminist, socialist, mother, warrior, poet”. It’s fair to say Lorde knew thyself. Self-actualisation was at the heart of her life’s work, from her upbringing in…