Monday 30th August

10.15am - Louise Welsh
Glasgow Writer with a Tale of Literature, Sex and Black Magic

Naming the Bones by Louise Welsh

Highland Park Spiegeltent

From the much-loved author of The Cutting Room and The Bullet Trick comes Louise Welsh's new novel, Naming the Bones. Murray Watson is having trouble with his latest research project concerning the disappeared young poet Archie Lunan. When Watson flees to the island where Lunan was last seen thirty years previously, this safe haven turns into a cesspit of revelation. Welsh discusses her new novel and her writing for our project of new writing commissions on the theme of Elsewhere.
Free coffee, sponsored by the Bookshop Café.

11am - Andrew Blaikie
How We Visualise the 'Face of Scotland'

Peppers Theatre

Scottish identity and our sense of belonging have been widely debated and discussed in recent years, but Andrew Blaikie's new book provides a fresh and intriguing perspective. Blaikie, who is Professor of Historical Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, has studied visual material – and photographs in particular – to explore how we express social identity through imagery. By analysing this material, he describes the 'Scottish social imaginary' – and the impact of modernity upon it.

11.30am - Don Paterson
An Audience With One of Britain's Leading Poets

Rain by Don Paterson

RBS Main Theatre

With the publication of his latest collection of poems, Rain, Don Paterson has confirmed his reputation as a breathtakingly talented poet who is operating at the height of his powers. Rain was the winner of the Forward Poetry Prize, and Paterson himself was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry earlier this year. In this event he will read from his acclaimed collection, and he may unveil some new work.
In association with the Scottish Poetry Library.

3pm - Antonia Fraser in Conversation with Ian Rankin
The Celebrated Biographer's Moving Euology to Harold Pinter

RBS Main Theatre

When they first fell in love, Harold Pinter described his affair with Antonia Fraser as 'joyous, dangerous, unavoidable.' The affair blossomed into a celebrated literary marriage, lasting from 1975 until Pinter's death in 2008. Drawing from her own diaries, Fraser has written a poignant memoir about the couple's relationship, and in this event she shares stories with Ian Rankin, a long-standing friend of both Pinter and Fraser.

3.30pm - Rodge Glass, Jen Hadfield & Eleanor Thom
Exclusive Short Stories by Leading Writers

ScottishPower Studio Theatre

Can we gain deep insights into ourselves and our home by writing about somewhere else? Perhaps we can only write about 'elsewhere' if we know something about the place we've started from. This idea is tested in a series of short stories by leading international writers and specially commissioned by the Book Festival. Join these three leading authors to hear them read their insightful and highly perceptive work. Chaired by Jenny Brown.

4.30pm - Writing Into The Future
The Best from Scotland's Creative Writing Courses

Writers' Retreat

Readers looking for something new, and publishers looking for the next J K Rowling or Ian Rankin, take note. Scotland's universities are the home of some internationally-renowned creative writing courses, and many of our future literary stars are learning their craft there. In this event, we have selected some of the most talented students to present and discuss their writing.
In association with Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

5pm - Robert Crawford
The Poet as bearer of Tradition - The Saltire Society Event

The Bard by Robert Crawford

ScottishPower Studio Theatre

His most recent collection of poems, Full Volume, was published in 2008 and then The Bard, his biography of Robert Burns, won last year's Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year: it has been a highly productive period for Robert Crawford. In this event, the Professor of Modern Scottish Literature at St Andrews looks at the role of the poet as a tradition bearer through the lens of his recent books.

6.30pm - Simon King
Orcas and Otters, Puffins and People

Shetland Diaries by Simon King

RBS Main Theatre

The Nairobi-born, UK-bred Springwatch presenter is in love with the Shetlands. Not just for its extraordinary wilderness and array of seabirds, but for giving him a chance encounter with a killer whale which changed his life. In Shetland Diaries, Simon King writes of this community, battered by the North Sea but offering a warmth and openness with few parallels.

7.30pm - Writing Into The Future
The Best From Scotland's Creative Writing Courses

Writers' Retreat

Readers looking for something new, and publishers looking for the next J K Rowling or Ian Rankin, take note. Scotland's universities are the home of some internationally-renowned creative writing courses, and many of our future literary stars are learning their craft there. In this event, we have selected some of the most talented students to present and discuss their writing.
In association with Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

8pm - Celebrating Edwin Morgan

Following the sad loss of Scottish Makar Edwin Morgan last week, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is holding a special event to celebrate his life and work. Contributors include Ron Butlin, Robert Crawford, Douglas Dunn, Janice Galloway, Kathleen Jamie, Jackie Kay, David Kinloch, Don Paterson, James Robertson, Alan Spence, Hamish Whyte and Richard Holloway. Tickets are free and can be booked online, by phone or at the Box office.
Supported by Creative Scotland

8.30pm - Donald S Murray & Will Self
Fresh Perspectives on St Kilda on the 80th Anniversary of the Evacuation

ScottishPower Studio Theatre

On 30 August 1930, the last remaining inhabitants of St Kilda were evacuated. No longer able to sustain a viable life on the island, they sadly brought an end to nearly a millennium of continuous human occupation on the westernmost islands of the Outer Hebrides. In this event the Shetland-based writer and poet Donald S Murray discusses the island and its people with Will Self, who himself once spent a long winter on a remote Orcadian island.