Frae Bairns tae Baddies

Sunday 8th October, 3-4.15pm, Library Upstairs

                         Helen MacKinven   Ross Sayers

Helen MacKinven is the author of Talk of the Toun and Buy Buy Baby. Both novels explore themes such as social class and identity, using black comedy and featuring Scots dialect. Ross Sayers’ debut, Mary’s the Name, introduces the unforgettable character of 8-year-old Mary, on the run with her Granpa following a robbery at his work. Join these authors as they discuss using dialect in their work and the delights and difficulties of having a young narrator.

Chair: James Spence

Tickets for all Portobello Book Festival events are free and can be picked up from Portobello Library in Rosefield Avenue.

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Meet The Author: Lesley Glaister

Sunday 8th October, 3-4pm, Library

  The Squeeze by [Glaister, Lesley]

Lesley Glaister, award winning author, poet, playwright and teacher of writing shares an insight into her work and introduces her latest novel The Squeeze. Travelling between Edinburgh, Romania and Oslo, the book explores the transactions that take place between men and women with sex, money and the desire for love at its heart.

Chair: Jane Meagher

Tickets for all Portobello Book Festival events are free and can be picked up from Portobello Library in Rosefield Avenue.

Scotland and Slavery: Putting the Past in Front of Us

Sunday 8th October, 1.15-2.45pm, Library

Until very recently, Scotland has been strangely silent about its involvement in slavery and, in particular, the enormous profits derived not only from slavery but also from its abolition.  Why has this silence now been broken? Three distinctive voices respond: the author and librettist, Louise Welsh; Jamaican-born Scots academic and human rights activist, Geoff Palmer; researcher and biographer, Steve Thomson.

Chair: Ian Martin

This session is currently fully booked but a very limited amount of tickets may be available just before the event. 

Alex and Charlie: Challenging Gender Stereotypes

Sunday 8th October, 1.45-2.45pm, Library Upstairs

In 2015 a group of young people, supported by Young Edinburgh Action, planned and ran an event attended by about 60 young people from across Edinburgh to discuss gender. The result is Alex & Charlie, a story about Alex’s first day at school. Come and hear those involved talk about the process. 

Chair: Christina McMellon 

Tickets for all Portobello Book Festival events are free and can be picked up from Portobello Library in Rosefield Avenue.

 

She, He, They

Sunday 8th October, 12.30-1.30pm, Library Upstairs

Nathan Gale came out to his mother Shirley Young as transgender on their 20th birthday.  In this session, mother and son discuss their book on families, gender and coping with transition.

Chair: Christina McMellon

Tickets for all Portobello Book Festival events are free and can be picked up from Portobello Library in Rosefield Avenue.

 

Outside In

Sunday 8th October, 11.30am-1pm, Library Upstairs  

  Swimming with Seals by [Whitworth, Victoria]  Scottish Bothy Bible: The complete guide to Scotland s bothies and how to reach them by [Allan, Geoff]

How does being outside in the natural environment – particularly in its wild places – affect what happens on the inside, within the human psyche? Three authors show us how they ponder such questions in their books: Robbie Nicol Canoeing around the Cairngorms; Victoria Whitworth Swimming with Seals; Geoff Allan The Scottish Bothy Bible

Chair: Rona Gray

Tickets for all Portobello Book Festival events are free and can be picked up from Portobello Library in Rosefield Avenue.

Two weeks to go – ticket update

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With only two weeks to go before Portobello Book Festival begins, below is a ticket update.

The following events are fully booked but a limited number of tickets may be available immediately before the event:

 

Portobello Reporter

Song Books – opening evening event

Lost Edinburgh

My Way: A Muslim Woman’s Journey

Scotland and Slavery

 

Very limited tickets are still available for the following events:

 

Writing workshop – writing from nature

Writers in residence – what they do and what they learn

Outside In

Fake News

 

Tickets for all other events are going well so don’t leave it too late to collect yours from Portobello Library at Rosefield Avenue. Remember all tickets are free!

Library Opening Hours

Monday 10am – 8pm
Tuesday 10am – 8pm
Wednesday 10am – 8pm
Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday closed