EIBF - Monday 15th August
11am - Writing Workshop
The Pitfalls of Reality
When Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker Prize with Wolf Hall, it emphasised the remarkable literary and commercial success of historical fiction. Iain Gale, historian and author of the WW2-based Jack Steel series, reveals the techniques required to build a fictional narrative around real historical people and events. Sold Out
11.30am - William McIlvanney
Acclaimed Scottish Writer Returns
The Kilmarnock-born novelist and poet William McIlvanney has enjoyed acclaim ever since his debut novel, Remedy is None, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1967. Since then, he has won the Saltire and Whitbread prizes for his novels, and two Silver Daggers for his crime writing. We are proud to welcome back a writer who has so brilliantly captured the spirit of the working men of the Scottish west coast. Chaired by Ruth Wishart.
8.30pm - Malcolm Fraser & Andrew Dixon
Building on Edinburgh, City of Literature
Edinburgh has become highly skilled at celebrating its literary heritage. Edinburgh based architect Malcolm Fraser has also played a major role in giving the sector a vital and visible presence. How can the city support its wealth of successful literary organisations, and what are the poetic possibilities offered by a site as rich with history as Edinburgh's Old Town? In this event Fraser offers an imaginative analysis of this literary landscape, while the new head of Creative Scotland, Andrew Dixon offers a response.
8.30pm - Frances Bingham & Meaghan Delahunt
Exile on a Remote Island
A remote British island during the wartime, and the Greek island of Naxos against the backdrop of the recent financial crisis. These are the settings for two novels which look at exile and home, and the relationship between individuals and their history. Meaghan Delahunt and Frances Bingham come together to read from their new novels.
William McIlvanney is the key Scottish author appearing on Monday. There is also a workshop with historical novelist Iain Gale, YA novelist Nicola Morgan will be appearing in a debate on young people and drugs, and Scots/Australian writer Meaghan Delahunt will be talking about her new novel. Creative Scotland's Andrew Dixon will be discussing the future of the Edinburgh, UNESCO City of Literature programme.
The new issue of Gutter magazine will be launched at the Unbound event in the Spiegeltent at 9pm.