Book Festival: IDP2043: ‘The future isn’t what it used to be’

Last year the Edinburgh International Book Festival hosted Stripped, a segment dedicated to graphic novels. This year, they’ve tried something a little different by commissioning their own: IDP2043. Writers and artists have collaborated on six… Continue reading

Book Festival: Paul Gravett and John Dunning on Comics Unmasked

“Geeks will inherit the world,” notes chair Stuart Kelly. With the British Library opening one of its exhibition spaces to a pair of comic book aficionados, it seems like we’re not far from… Continue reading

Book Festival: Jeremy Paxman.

World War One was the event that made modern Britain, Jeremy Paxman claims. If you have a pressing appointment, that’s the gist of what his hour talk, he jokes at the beginning, so… Continue reading

Review: Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier – Barroux.

I saw Barroux talk last night as part of Edinburgh Book Festival’s IDP:2043 events. His artwork was the most simple but, I don’t know, maybe interesting of the lot, and when he was… Continue reading

Review: IDP:2043.

Thanks to being super busy at the book festival, I’ve not had time to come on and ramble about this, so I’ll make it quick. IDP – internally displaced people – imagines Scotland… Continue reading

Book Festival: Haruki Murakami.

It speaks volumes that Book Festival director Nick Barley comes on to introduce this event, dubbing it the probable highlight of his career with the festival. Such is the reputation of Haruki Murakami.… Continue reading

Review: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami.

Toru Okada’s cat has disappeared. His wife is growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has recently been receiving. It all seems odd and disjointed when… Continue reading

Book Festival: Irvine Welsh.

“I just thought it would be a great title,” smiles Irvine Welsh. “It had nothing really to do with the book.” Admittedly, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins is odd by most authors’… Continue reading

Book Festival: Letters Home

Can theatre help us approach the idea of dialogue from a different perspective? With the resurgence in letters and written correspondence in a world so tech-savvy, the Grid Iron theatre company certainly seeks… Continue reading