EIBF - Wednesday 24th August
11am - Writing Workshop
A Recipe for Success
A great cookbook is more than a collection of recipes, more than something used to help make a good meal; a great cookbook is cherished, a true pleasure to read. And it is a side of publishing that has grown at a remarkable rate in recent years. In this workshop, cook and author Nell Nelson reveals the magical ingredients that will enable you to harness the appeal of the culinary market.
2pm - Ion Trewin with Tam Dalyell
Will The Real Alan Clark Stand Up?
Forget Alastair Campbell. The man whose Westminster diaries caused a real publishing sensation was the dapper, dramatic denizen of the despatch box, Alan Clark. Now, alongside the Tory MP's bestselling diaries there is a biography by Ion Trewin, who was given unprecedented access to his private papers and has painted a riveting portrait of a singular politician. He's joined by Tam Dalyell who, despite his political enmity with Clark, became an unlikely friend.
2pm - A Tribute to Sorley MacLean
Celebrating the Centenary of The Greatest Writer in the Gaelic Language
100 years ago, Sorley MacLean was born. The boy from the island of Raasay went on to gain international acclaim as a poet, as well as making a monumental contribution to Gaelic literature. In this event, contemporary writers read from MacLean's work and then discuss the reasons why he has been described as 'the authentic voice of the Highlands, of Gaeldom'. Come and join Peter MacKay, author of the biography Sorley MacLean; Christopher Whyte, author of An Cuilithionn 1939 and Unpublished Poems; and Derrick McClure, author of Sangs tae Eimhir. Chaired by Mark Wringe.
6.30pm - Carol Ann Duffy
The Most Humane and Accessible Poet of our Time
Carol Ann Duffy first discovered poetry through reading other people's verse at school. 'A love poem in a quiet English lesson seemed as startling and exotic as a wild bird flying in through the classroom window,' she wrote recently. Now, the Poet Laureate returns the compliment, presenting poems from her own forthcoming collection The Bees. Her poetry is given added flight by musician John Sampson with his recorders, crumhorns and other instruments.
6.45pm - Gordon Ferris & Craig Russell
Glasgow's Mean Streets
One used to work with the Ministry of Defence, the other was a policeman. Now, both authors are at the vanguard of Tartan Noir. Ferris' The Hanging Shed, the first in a series featuring ex-cop Douglas Brodie, hit number one on the Kindle ebook charts before its recent release in hardback. Meanwhile Russell's new thriller, The Deep Dark Sleep, is the third in the series featuring shady investigator Lennox.
8pm - Ian Rankin
Life After Rebus Keeps Getting Better
Having built a worldwide fan base for his maverick Detective John Rebus, Rankin took the difficult decision to retire his star man and turn his mind to another crimestopper, Malcolm Fox, based in Lothian Police's Complaints and Conduct department. Following the success of first Fox thriller, The Complaints, Rankin is soon to follow up with a second, and in this event he gives a preview of the story that's about to unfold. Sold Out.
8.30pm - Michel Faber
Adapting The Crimson Petal for TV
The astonishing, triumphant television adaptation of Michel Faber's novel The Crimson Petal and the White represents a radical new step for the previously tired costume drama genre. In this event, Faber discusses his book with Lucinda Coxon, who adapted the novel for television, award-winning director Marc Munden, and Romola Garai, the actor who brought the young prostitute Sugar so vividly to life on screen. Chaired by Guardian literary editor Claire Armitstead. Sold Out.
The life and poetry of Sorley MacLean is celebrated in an event at 2pm, and the current Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be reading at 6.30pm. Crime writers Gordon Ferris, Craig Russell and Ian Rankin all have events this Wednesday.
Michel Faber will be discussing the recent television adaptation of The Crimson Petal and the White with director Marc Munden and actor Romola Garai.
Earlier in the day Nell Nelson will be giving a workshop, and MP Tam Dalyell will be in discussion with Ion Trewin. Also look out for the Man Booker International Prize at 5pm.