In these uncertain times, during which physical contact is strictly forbidden, planning a visit to a festival in which poetry and spoken word comes alive seem near impossible to attend. Worry no more: Edinburgh International Book Festival 2020 will be live very soon!
EIBF kicks off on Saturday 15 August and runs until the end of the month, with a whole host of online readings and discussions, with opportunities to chat to other readers in online chatrooms before and during events and to browse the festival’s online bookshops. We have created a small list of events which we’re particularly excited about for you to explore. All completely free, showcasing a range of different events so that you can shape your experience to your own interests, find new favourites and explore a range of topics!
Edwin Morgan: A Centenary Celebration of Scotland’s Great Poet
Mon 31 Aug 19:00 - 20:00
Part of the Power of Poetry series, in memory of the endlessly energetic and inventive Edwin Morgan, this event explores Morgan’s great influence and his profound mark on poetry writing!
Joined by some of Scotland’s writers and poets who continue to explore his ideas, the event invites everyone to join in a lyrically moving experience. Find out more here.
Allie Esiri: A Poem for Every Autumn Day
Sun 30 Aug 14:30 - 15:30
It’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed at the moment, so with this upcoming event we recommend a break from reality with Allie Esiri’s bestselling poetry anthologies, which aim to bring comfort.
Interspersed with a mix of well-loved classics, in this event Esiri lets you into learn about her magical selections of poetry. And don’t miss out on some famous figures including Helena Bonham Carter making an appearancetoo! More info here.
Nikita Gill & Nic Stone: Writing Resistance
Thu 27 Aug 17:30 - 18:30
Offering you a profound opportunity to meet the important voice tackling vital themes of race relations and self-discovery, Nic Stone, and international poetry sensation Nikita Gill. Together they discuss the power of words and invite you to join in the conversation in a Q&A. Learn more here.
Scottish BAME Writers Network Showcase: Scotland's Heritage, Then and Now
Mon 31 Aug 17:30 - 18:30
Delving back into the literary roots of Scottish heritage, this event explores the power of poetry and our relationship with nature, colonisation, justice and language. We’ll be hearing from some StAnza favourites, including Hannah Lavery and Janette Ayachi! Tickets and more here.
Who’s Afraid of the Working Class?
Fri 28 Aug 14:30 - 15:30
Giving a voice to the unknown! In this event you can explore the true power poetry has on society. This discussion creates a stage for some of the most underrepresented in the arts – the working-class artists who have been overshadowed for too long. Hear from poet and performer Travis Alabanza, as well as book festival favourites Ian Rankin and Kit de Waal.