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Set in a specially created tented village in the heart of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh International Book Festival offers something for just about every age and interest, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion.
The Book Festival welcomes around 1000 authors in over 900 events for adults and children each year including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, comic creators, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.
The programme themes lead audiences on a journey of discovery through fact, fiction, poetry, personal stories and world affairs.
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Readers of Africa in Words may enjoy a few of the following suggestions:
In Light of What We Write
First presented in Cape Town in February 2018, In Light of What We Write brings young Scottish and Southern African artists together to create cutting edge, multi-discipline work. In the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth, this specially created second chapter, led by co-curators Linda Kaoma and Michael Pedersen, captures the vibrancy and accessibility of the literature scene, giving voice to the concerns and dreams of our future generations. Authors and artists taking part today include Sabrina Mahfouz, Iona Lee, Julie Nxadi, Madzitatiguru and Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile. In partnership with British Council #SouthernAfricaArts.
In Light of What We Write runs on Tuesday 14th August from 18.30-20.00 in The Spiegeltent.
Tickets: £12.00, £10.00
A celebration of contemporary voices from across the nations of Africa, journeying beyond stereotypes to interrogate history, politics, the imperial past, ancestors, and the future. Discover dazzling talents from the continent in a night of readings and performances from Zimbabwe’s Novuyo Tshuma, Uganda’s Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and S J Naudé from South Africa, plus Nigerian poet Donna Ogunnaike and Ghanaian percussionist Gameli Tordzro.
Africa Unbound is on Wednesday 15th August from 21.00 in The Spiegeltent. The event is free to drop-in to.
Life & Times of Michael K by J M Coetzee
In partnership with the Man Booker Prize and Story Machine Productions we present a live show based upon Life & Times of Michael K by J M Coetzee, winner of the Man Booker Prize in 1983. In a country riven by war, Michael K sets out from his home in search of safety. As he walks this fallen land in search of peace, he asks what it means to live in harmony with the land and the times we find ourselves in. Can we live a life of dignity when lies, division and repression are all around us? Featuring film, performance and live reading, this is a powerful and immediate staging of a classic novel by one of the finest writers of our age.
Life & Times of Michael K by J M Coetzee is on Wednesday 15th August at 20.30-21.30 in Braillie Gifford Main Theatre.
Tickets: £12.00, £10.00
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