The 2020 Edinburgh International Book Festival will be presented online from Saturday 15 to Monday 31 August. The programme, made up of over 140 events for adults, families and children, will offer both live and pre-recorded conversations featuring leading writers, poets and participants from around the world. The British Council is delighted to be supporting a series of events, connecting readers across the globe with inspirational authors:
- Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin reflecting on his work in times of a pandemic.
- Roger Robinson discussing his prize-winning poetry collection A Portable Paradise with Kei Miller.
- Award-winning Ugandan author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi on her latest novel, The First Woman.
- Scottish novelist Douglas Stuart whose debut The Making of Shuggie Bain made the longlist for this year’s Booker Prize.
- Randa Jarrar, Raphael Khouri and Amrou al-Kadhi on queer Arab writing today.
- Donna Obaseki-Ogunnaike and Wanjiru Koinange on companionship, dating, and romance in West Africa.
- A special evening of poetry and music with Scots Makar Jackie Kay and US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.
Events will be free to view, and available through the Book Festival’s website. Audiences can register in advance to receive updates. Please see the programme for details of events that are captioned and BSL interpreted. All times are UK time (BST / UTC+1).