The Book Festival welcomed hundreds of authors from countries across the world to take part in over 900 events. Literary heavyweights joined popular bestsellers and talented newcomers in the Book Festival’s home, a specially-created tented village in central Edinburgh. They shared their stories with audiences, discussed the hot topics of the day and offered inspiring new perspectives on a vast range of subjects including globalisation, sport, feminism, music, Brexit, art, race, America, the environment and much, much more. You can listen to some of the talks in this free series of podcasts, recorded live, and offering a small taste of what the Edinburgh International Book Festival had to offer in August 2017.
Limmy (2017 Event)
The short, sharp and funny shock has been Brian Limond aka Limmy’s forte ever since breaking through with his World of Glasgow web series in 2006. After a Scottish BAFTA-winning TV show, Limmy has turned his attention to books of tiny tales (some hilarious, some sinister) and That’s Your Lot is his latest weird and wonderful collection, which he tells you all about in his own inimitable style in this event recorded live at the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Conor Gearty & Douglas Murray (2017 Event)
In The Strange Death of Europe, Douglas Murray travels from places where migrants land to places where they end up, talking to people who welcome them and others who don't, and finds a continent in a serious muddle. In On Fantasy Island, Conor Gearty, Director of the LSE's Institute of Public Affairs, explores another area of confusion, Europe and the Human Rights Act, and suggests a way forward. Hear the pair discuss their books in this event recorded live at the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival, chaired by Rosemary Burnett.
Jemima Foxtrot, Iona Lee, Sabrina Mahfouz & Sophia Walker (2017 Event)
While comedy still struggles with gender equality, the spoken word scene is well used to its biggest, most exciting exports being female. Following in the footsteps of Kate Tempest and Hollie McNish, we bring you some of the most exciting new talents in spoken word. Jemima Foxtrot, Iona Lee, Sabrina Mahfouz and Sophia Walker perform their work relating to (and not relating to) themes of womanhood. Chaired by Becky Fincham.
Harry Baker (2017 Event)
Meet the man who is a World Poetry Slam Champion turned full-time poet via a maths degree. Following on from his debut collection, The Sunshine Kid, Harry Baker brings a selection of old favourites and brand new poems to this event recorded live at the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival. Performing with a mix of hope and humour, he has already won the hearts and minds of audiences all over the world.
Christine Otten & The Last Poets (2017 Event)
The Last Poets were formed in the US in the late 1960s, a period full of hope and a time when the Black Panthers were at the height of their power. Their performance poetry has influenced generations of musicians, securing them the title of ‘the founding fathers of hip-hop’. Coming from New York to Scotland for the first time for this event recorded live at the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Last Poets - Umar Bin Hassan, Abiodun Oyewole and Baba Donn Babatunde - discuss their incredible lives with their friend and author Christine Otten, whose book is based on their story.
Robert Webb (2017 Event)
What is it to be male? Peep Show actor Robert Webb reckons it involves a heap of unnecessary pressure applied from a very early age. With his call-to-arms memoir How Not To Be A Boy, Webb considers his own inculcation into the cult of man and how bending those stringent rules is not easy in a world which expects males to have a certain, well, maleness about them. Hear from him in this event recorded live at the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival.