Shifting Sands? Making change make sense. @lesleymcara1 @b_mcgeever @arekigo

Sunday 6th October – 4.45pm – Library downstairs

How are the conventional thinking and the orthodoxies of the past being challenged and changed in the contemporary world?  How can we be sure about anything anymore?  Three academics address these questions from the perspective of their own disciplines and research: Lesley McAra, Professor of Penology and Director of Edinburgh Futures Institute, University of Edinburgh; Brendan McGeever, Lecturer, Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London; Arek Dakessian, Research Fellow, Institute for Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University.

This final event of the 2019 festival has been moved to the library downstairs.

Chair: Ian Martin

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

Finding out the rest: the rediscovery of Scottish history with James Robertson

Sunday 6th October – 3.30pm – Library downstairs

History is a mirror we hold up to our present selves. James Robertson considers how our view of Scotland’s past has changed in recent years and what influence that has on the way we see the country today.

Chair: Jenni Calder

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

New Opportunities in Publishing

Sunday 6th October – 2pm – Library Upstairs

Respected magazine and newspaper designer Neil Braidwood explores the changing face of publishing. He is joined by author and self-publisher of The Blue Suitcase Marianne Wheelaghan and Nathaniel Kunitsky of Knight Errant Press who work with queer and under-represented writers to publish intersectional stories.

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

Meet the author: Michel Faber

Sunday 6th October – 2pm – Library downstairs

Michel Faber has written nine books including Whitbread-shortlisted Under the Skin, the highly acclaimed The Crimson Petal and the White, The Book of Strange New Things, which won the 2015 Saltire Book of the Year, and most recently Undying, his first poetry collection.

Chair: Donald Canavan

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

Jock’s Jocks: Voices of Scottish Soldiers from the First World War

Sunday 6th October – 12.30pm – Library upstairs

North East folksinger Jock Duncan spent over 50 years interviewing ‘the Jocks’ – Scottish veterans of the Great War. Jock’s labour of love is a unique glimpse into the lives of those who left the farms of Aberdeenshire, Angus and Perthshire for France, Flanders and the shores of Gallipoli. Gary West, who edited the collection, shares these fascinating tales.

Chair: James Robertson

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

When I Had a Little Sister: book group event with Catherine Simpson @cath_simpson13

Sunday 6th October – 12.30pm – Library downstairs

Catherine Simpson’s ‘tormented, riveting and bleakly funny memoir’ is the subject of this session in which local readers, including book groups, meet the author.

Chair: Jane Meagher

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

Vivid Rebellion: Talking Sense with Edward McLaughlin and Agnes Houston

Sunday 6th October – 11am – Library Downstairs

This session gives an opportunity to hear authors Edward McLaughlin and Agnes Houston discuss their writing on dementia. Edward’s book Vivid Rebellion cuts through any assumptions that a diagnosis of the condition signals an automatic loss of personality and agency, while Agnes’s Talking Sense overturns the longstanding conventional wisdom that dementia is primarily about memory. 

Chair: Christeen Winford

You can download a free copy of Talking Sense by following this link: https://www.hammond.com.au/about/news/talking-sense

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