Saturday 14th August
11am - Writing Workshop
Poetry: Old Tin Lives
Inspiration, to paraphrase Lowell, is an inclination to listen. It's what happens when we fully engage with the world. Award-winning poet John Glenday leads this workshop which looks at ways of stimulating the imagination and beginning the process of translating second thoughts into first drafts. Glenday's most recent collection, Grain, is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for both the Ted Hughes Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize.
In association with Arvon Tutors at Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre.
11.30am - Philip Pullman
A Thought-provoking Interpretation of the Story of Jesus
RBS Main Theatre
The astonishing His Dark Materials trilogy won Philip Pullman the Whitbread Book of the Year and the Carnegie Medal. Now, Pullman has re-imagined the story of christianity in The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. In this keynote event he discusses his ideas with Richard Harries, formerly Bishop of Oxford and Dean of King's College London. It's certain to be one of the talking points of the 2010 Book Festival. Introduced by Richard Holloway.
Supported by the Hawthornden Literary Retreat.
3pm - Maggie O'Farrell
What Does It Feel Like To Hold Your Newborn Baby in Your Hands?
RBS Main Theatre
The Hand That First Held Mine is Maggie O'Farrell's account of motherhood from the perspective of two women separated in space and time, and the result is her best novel yet. 'Motherhood is often depicted as this caring, nurturing thing … but it also has this amazingly tigerish, fierce side,' says O'Farrell. In this event the author discusses these raw and rarely-discussed emotions.
4.30pm - Iain F MacLeod
A Gaelic Language Event with the Acclaimed Lewis Writer
Based on the Isle of Lewis, Iain Finlay MacLeod has written four books, all in the Gaelic language, and he is also a highly respected film, television and theatre writer. We are delighted that his fifth book, Ìmpireachd (Empire), will be launched at the Book Festival today.
5pm - James Robertson
An Epoch-Defining Story of Life in 20th Century Scotland
ScottishPower Studio Theatre
Scottish author James Robertson is set to reach a new career high with his epic novel, And the Land Lay Still, launching at the Book Festival. This monumental book charts the story of one family through the second half of the 20th century, and in writing it Robertson has created the definitive fictional representation of Scotland's modern history. He discusses his book with BBC Radio 4's Today programme presenter, James Naughtie.
The National Library of Scotland event.
6pm - Mairi Hedderwick
Masterclass: The Art of Illustrating
RBS Corner Theatre
Children's writer and artist Mairi Hedderwick talks about what inspires her intricate watercolours and explores the creative journey she embarks upon when illustrating. She draws you into a world shaped by the tranquil quality of the Scottish landscape and the wonders of the natural world.
6.45pm - Lin Anderson & Aline Templeton
Dark Mysteries From Two of Tartan Noir's Finest
The mystery behind the death of pregnant teenage girls is the link between the latest books from these two Scottish crime writers. Lin Anderson's The Reborn has Rhona MacLeod assisting the police in a creepy case featuring clowns, dolls and an inmate who might be orchestrating mayhem from within prison. Dead in the Water is Aline Templeton's fifth in the DI Fleming series in which an unsolved mystery is reopened two decades after her late father worked on the case.
8.30pm - Allan Brown
The Inside Story of the Ultimate Scottish Cult Movie
First published in 2000, Inside The Wicker Man became something of a cult – just like the film it discusses. In a new edition, it shows that despite a disastrous filming process, the film retains an enduring fascination for critics and fans alike. Allan Brown will be joined by two actors who appeared in the film and who will discuss the latest on the long-awaited sequel, The Wicker Tree.