EIBF - Saturday 13th August
10.15am - Richard T Kelly & Kevin MacNeil
This is 21st Century Gothic
If gothic fiction is usually associated with the 19th century, then two British authors have brought the genre bang up to date. Richard T Kelly's novel The Possessions of Doctor Forrest and Kevin MacNeil's A Method Actor's Guide to Jekyll and Hyde use the classic gothic rejection of rationality to craft contemporary stories that are paranoid, deliciously dark, sometimes erotically charged and often downright terrifying.
11am - Creative Writing Class
Art from Life
The Arvon Foundation's residential creative writing courses are in high demand; they aim to challenge, inspire and transform your writing. Their week long courses are held in beautiful historic houses across the UK including Moniack Mhor near Loch Ness. In this very special one-day workshop, you will get a taster of an Arvon course. Focusing on the theme of 'Art from Life', poet John Glenday and novelist and short story writer Laura Hird will lead group sessions on poetry and life writing in the morning, followed by focused one-to-one sessions. At the end of the day you will all come together to explore the issues raised and discuss how to take your writing forward. Sold Out
11.30am - Alasdair Gray
A Life in Words and Pictures
Thirty years ago Lanark was published, which confirmed Alasdair Gray as the most ferociously inventive Scottish writer of his generation. His output since then has been characterised by a close relationship between his writing and his singular image-making style. Already the author of much-admired murals, he has just finished a new public art project at Glasgow Hillhead subway station.
12noon - Sue Lawrence
Why Scotland is Returning to Home Cooking
Described by The Times as one of the best recipe writers in the land, Sue Lawrence is proud of the food that Scotland produces. From Ayrshire bacon to Arbroath Smokies, Scottish fare forms the raw material for her latest book, Eating In. As Scotland's 'squeezed middle' finds that cooking at home is a necessary measure, Lawrence argues that we can turn austerity into a virtue.
12.30pm - Trevor Griffiths & Graeme Morton
Real Life in 19th Century Scotland
What was it like to be a Scottish citizen in the 1800s? What did ordinary people believe; how did they spend their leisure time; and how far did they get to travel? The history of Scotland's landed gentry is told often enough, but in this fascinating session Trevor Griffiths and Graeme Morton, editors of A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, offer a refreshing new perspective on a period of profound change. Chaired by Sheena McDonald. Sold Out
4pm - John Alick Macpherson
Memoirs of a Gaelic Activist
Born and raised in Scotland, Macpherson now lives in Canada where he is widely known. He's a native Gaelic speaker who became a broadcaster, educationalist, poet and essayist, as well as head of PR at a Canadian nuclear power plant. What's more, his literary connections are impeccable: his best friend is the 2009 winner of the Giller Prize, Linden MacIntyre. He's thrown it all into a compelling memoir. This event will be in Gaelic and English.
6.30pm - Alexander McCall Smith
An Hour With One of the World's Most Charming Authors
Alexander McCall Smith's upbeat and witty stories provide a welcome antidote. From Mma Ramotswe at the Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, to the 7 year old hero Bertie in 44 Scotland Street, he focuses on the benign side of life through simple storytelling, warm wisdom and cheeky humour. Join him to hear about his latest books at one of the best-loved events of the Edinburgh literary year. Sold Out.
6.45pm - Lin Anderson & Tony Black
Crime and the Fabric of Edinburgh and Glasgow
What is it about Scotland's cities that make them perfect backdrops for crime writing? Lin Anderson's latest, Picture Her Dead, is set in a run-down Partick picture house, reminding us that during Glasgow's 1930s heyday as Cinema City, a staggering 130,000 people could be out at the movies. Meanwhile Irvine Welsh's favourite British crime writer, Tony Black, has penned Truth Lies Bleeding, a police procedural which starts with a gruesome find in one of Edinburgh's dark alleys.
8.30pm - Alan Warner
Sopranos Writer Does Trainspotting
The man who first found fame with Morvern Callar struck gold again in 2010 when he was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize with The Stars in the Bright Sky. One year on and Alan Warner is lining up another novel, The Dead Man's Pedal (published April 2012) – a title hinting enticingly that there's going to be trouble on that train... In this event he reads an exclusive extract from the forthcoming book, and discusses his approach to writing.
8.30pm - Carlos Alba & Sophie Hardach
Alone in a Foreign Country: Stories of Human Migration
What drives families to leave their home country and set out for somewhere unknown? Carlos Alba's latest novel tells the story of a Glasgow boy who realises that he is different from his friends and that his father fled from Spain 40 years earlier. Meanwhile Sophie Hardach tells a moving story of Kurdish immigrants and their brutal experiences of fleeing from Turkey and ending up in Germany. Both authors discuss their novels and the reality of migration.
Look out for Alasdair Gray in The Skinny Event at 11.30, or take part in a full-day training course from Moniack Mhor with John Glenday and Laura Hird. Alexander McCall Smith's event at 6.30pm is sure to sell-out quickly, and Alan Warner is offering a sneak-peak of his next novel at 8.30pm.