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Edinburgh International Book Festival starts this week and you can see several Blake Friedmann authors there this August.

On Wednesday 16th Anneliese Mackintosh will be talking with Dana Spiotta. Their conversation will explore identity and transformation and the different ways their books address identity in their heroines on the panel Fast Friends. Mackintosh’s latest novel, SO HAPPY IT HURTS, was published on 27 July by Jonathan Cape. See more here.

Friday the 18th finds Pippa Goldschmidt author of THE NEED FOR BETTER REGULATION OF OUTER SPACE chairing the panel Rockets to Utopia? at 18:30, where she will be talking to Nalo Hopkinson, Ken MacLeod, Ada Palmer and Charles Stross about speculative fiction’s role in imagining hopeful futures. To find out more head to link here.

Christopher Nicholson is speaking to Jim Crumley about Men For All Seasons on 16th August. They will be exploring how Scotland’s wildlife copes with the chill, dark days, and exploring wildlife in the winter. Nicholson’s latest book AMONG THE SUMMER SNOW is an account of a summer's journey through the Highlands of Scotland in search of the snow patches that remain.  Find the event here.  

On Monday 21st Henrietta Rose-Innes talks on the panel of Dangerous Dispatches, as part of Amnesty International’s Imprisoned Writers series where they will discuss the dangers of being a journalist on the front line. The freedom of the press is continually under threat and reporting the news is one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. For tickets find the link here.

Henrietta Rose- Innes is also on the panel Near and Far, where she will be talking about her latest book Green Lion with author Cynan Jones. See her event at the Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre at 20:30.  

And finally, Alan Parks author of phenomenal debut BLOODY JANUARY will be appearing at the festival on Friday the 25th August where he will be talking with Malachy Tallack and Mick Kitson about their fiction. Get your tickets here.  

The Edinburgh Festival is one of the largest Arts events in the world and takes place for three weeks every August in Scotland’s capital city.


Annalise Mackintosh Website and Twitter

Pippa Goldschmidt Website and Twitter

Christopher Nicholson Website

Henrietta Rose-Innes Website and Twitter

Alan Parks Website


Tickets are now on sale for Edinburgh International Book Festival and you can see several Blake Friedmann authors there this August.

Margie Orford will be appearing twice, first together with Ben Mcpherson for the event MADE UP STORIES: REAL WORLD CONCERNS on Monday 17 August, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at the Writer’s Retreat. You can also see Margie at the AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL IMPRISIONED WRITERS SERIES on Tuesday 18 August, from 5:30pm to 6:15pm at the Bailie Gifford Corner Theatre.

Janice Galloway will be talking about SEX AND LIFE AND PARENTHOOD on Thursday 20 August from 11:45am to 12:45pm at the Baillie Gifford Main Theatre. The talk will be chaired by Jackie McGlone. Before the festival, Janice will be launching her new edition of THE TRICK IS TO KEEP BREATHING, re-published by Vintage Classics as part of their Scottish Classics Collection, alongside A.L. Kennedy at Looking Glass Books, on Thursday 13 August from 6:30pm.  Janice will also appear at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 28 August, 1:00pm, to read from JELLYFISH and discuss her work, admission will be free, and donations welcome.

Amy Mason will be speaking with Esther Gerritsen at the event MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS: A PSYCHOLOGICAL DUET at Thursday 20 August from 8:45pm to 9:45 pm at the Bailie Gifford Corner Theatre. Amy is also up for the First Book Award at the Edinburgh Festival, for THE OTHER IDA. You can vote for her here.

Following last year’s total sell-out run, Andrew Doyle will be doing his stand up show MINIMALISM at the Stand this year, from Wednesday 5 August till Sunday 30 August.

The Edinburgh Festival is one of the largest Arts events in the world and takes place for three weeks every August in Scotland’s capital city.