EIBF - Tuesday 23rd August
2.30pm - Ray Perman & Andy Wightman
In The Man Who Gave Away His Island, Perman retells the remarkable story of John Lorne Campbell, who bought Canna, the 'jewel of the Hebrides', to prevent it from becoming a rich man's playground. Wightman's The Poor Had No Lawyers, explores how and why landowners got their hands on millions of Scottish acres. From Robert the Bruce to Donald Dewar, land has conferred political and economic power and the book raises a familiar question: who owns Scotland and how did they get it? Sold Out
6.30pm - Ian Rankin
Meet the Number One Bestselling Author
Always warmly-anticipated, Ian Rankin gives us a preview of his upcoming book featuring Malcolm Fox, whom we first met in The Complaints. Being a braces-wearing teetotal Inspector in the Lothian Police Complaints and Conduct department requires a thick skin and a hard-nosed attitude. But it's a job that Fox gets done, and it seems he is on the way to developing a following as loyal as that of another fictional cop by the name of Rebus. Sold Out.
8.30pm - Don Paterson
For the Love of Shakespeare
There's a relaxed irreverence to Paterson's prose that makes his guide to reading Shakespeare's sonnets an absolute delight. It's as if you're gossiping in the pub with an old friend of Britain's greatest Elizabethan writer. But behind the approachable style is a work of great insight and impressive depth, by one of Scotland's most exciting poets. Join him for an hour of perceptive analysis – and a little wild speculation.
8.30pm - Neil Forsyth
An Audience With Bob Servant, Hero of Dundee
The BBC Radio adaptation of Forsyth's Delete This at Your Peril catapulted the fictional Dundonian anti-hero Bob Servant to national attention. Servant's habit of responding to junk emails and striking up a relationship with their shady foreign senders provides a surprisingly touching and often hilarious portrait of an ordinary man from Broughty Ferry. In this very special event, Bob Servant himself is joined by some guest actors to bring his exuberant emails to life in this unmissable live performance.
The politics of land ownership are discussed by Ray Perman and Andy Wightman at 2.30pm. Bestseller Ian Rankin has an event at 6.30pm, which will quickly sell out, at later poet Don Paterson will be discussing William Shakespeare. Dundee's Neil Forsyth is joined by several actors at his 8.30pm.
Elsewhere, Richard Holloway will be appearing in a debate on faith and religion chaired by Joan Bakewell.