EIBF - Thursday 18th August

11am - Catherine Hermary-Vieille
Mary Queen of Scots and her Lover

Originally written in French, Lord James is Hermary-Vieille's novelised account of the life of James Bothwell and his passionate and tragic love affair with Mary Queen of Scots. The author is a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in her home country and her extensive research has given her a most unusual perspective on a tumultuous period of Scottish history. Sold Out

11am - Writing Workshop
Telling Lies for Fun and Profit

Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction, the key to success is to make sure that your reader is gripped from beginning to end. Maggie Craig, author of One Sweet Moment and Bare Arsed Banditti will have you on the edge of your seat in this workshop as she reveals how to provide page-turning tension in your writing. Sold Out.

12noon - Angus Peter Campbell & Gwyneth Lewis
Myths: Where Meat Meets Magic

Archie has lived on a small island off the Scottish coast all his life. One day he sets off to find the hole where, according to the legends, the North Wind originates. Gloriously odd characters and ancient stories ignite Angus Peter Campbell's first major non-Gaelic novel. He is joined by acclaimed Welsh writer Gwyneth Lewis, whose The Meat Tree is a deliciously bizarre retelling of one of the best known Welsh myths, Blodeuwedd, in the wreckage of an ancient spaceship.

4.30pm - John Byrne
One of Scotland's Great Polymaths

Painter and set designer, playwright and novelist, John Byrne is one of Scotland's great polymaths. Best known for his plays The Slab Boys Trilogy and Tutti Frutti, Byrne has also designed record sleeves for Donovan and The Beatles. In this event he discusses his written work in what is sure to be an electrifying and unforgettable hour of entertainment. Chaired by Jackie McGlone. Sold Out.

6.30pm - Val McDermid
Will a Dotcom Millionaire's Past Come Back to Haunt Her?

With a Diamond Dagger under her belt, Val McDermid has established beyond any doubt that she's one of the brightest stars in a very bright generation of Scottish crime writers. In Trick of the Dark, she returns to her alma mater in Oxford where she has set a pacy, exuberant thriller which centres around an internet millionaire who has scandalised Oxford. But is she also a dotcom murderer?

8pm - Iain Banks
What Lies Beneath the Surface Detail

Nobody should take for granted the phenomenal talent and massive international acclaim of this science fiction writer who happens to live right on our doorstep. In this event Iain Banks talks about his latest novel, Surface Detail, explaining the complex planning – and impressive imagination – that went into his story, as well as exploring the extent to which his science fiction can be seen as a commentary on life in the real world.

8.30pm - Candia McWilliam
Searching for the Secret of Writing Fiction Again

'In an age of self help,' writes Candia McWilliam, 'here is an account of almost exemplary self-unhelp'. Raw and full of sadness, McWilliam's memoir is nevertheless an ultimately uplifting story of a woman whose literary career stalled due to alcoholism and whose functioning eyes became blind because of a rare muscle condition. Now, McWilliam's eyes are open again and we are thrilled to welcome her back. Chaired by Sheena McDonald.

Iain Banks and Val McDermid will sell out quickly, and other Scottish author events this Thursday include Angus Peter Campbell, playwright John Byrne and writer Candia McWilliam. The French historical novelist Catherine Hermary-Vieille will be talking about her novel of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Maggie Craig will lead a workshop on creating page-turning fiction. Other events will include appearances from Michel Faber, John Burnside, Daniel Gray and Linda Strachan.