EIBF 2015: Care Santos and Lucy Ribchester

The time dilation effect of Edinburgh becoming a centre of gravity for all things awesome for a few weeks is in full effect. It feels like weeks ago I watched Care Santos and Lucy Ribchester give their talk at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, but it was barely four days ago, on Wednesday. The chair... Continue Reading →

EIBF 2015: Bluebeard and dark deeds

Fairytales may be beautiful, but they are not nice. Never wish someone's romance a fairytale ending, unless you expect it to feature lots of blood and dismemberment. On Monday night, Marina Warner, an expert on folklore (and much else) was joined by rising star Kirsty Logan to talk about Logan's new collection of modern fairytales,... Continue Reading →

EIBF 2015: Poetry and other Cultures

Luke Wright, Will Burns, Mike Garry and Deanna Rodger Early on Saturday morning, those of us who had managed to get up in time had the treat of a gathering of poets as part of the this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival's Babble On thread, curated by the wonderful Luke Wright. The overarching theme was... Continue Reading →

EIBF 2015: Wake’s weekend

Torrential rain and blazing sun marked Saturday and Sunday in Edinburgh, marking one of the strongest weekends I can recall at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. As well as headlining appearances by Jesse Jackson (of which I only caught a few minutes on iPlayer, mainly featuring a weird analogy about sport and politics) and the... Continue Reading →

EIBF 2015: Helle Helle, smashing symbols

I have never before heard an author who not only strongly rejects the very idea of the intentional fallacy as Helle Helle, but she also seems appalled that readers might accidentally find symbolism in her work. Things are what she says they are and are only given significance by the way they relate to the... Continue Reading →

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