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.

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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.

Writing from Life

Sunday 8th October, 11am-12noon, Library Upstairs

Between Dreams: Difficult Paths and Dangerous Places by [Harvey, Steve]  

Martin Fowler is a writer returning to his Portobello roots to talk about his work on history, prisons and what inspired him. Steve Harvey has travelled many different routes and explores the experiences that have led him to write Between Dreams: Difficult Paths and Dangerous Places.

Chair: Bill Jameson

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

Book Quiz at the Dalriada

Saturday 7th October, 8-10pm at The Dalriada on Portobello Prom

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After a busy day enjoying listening to the many authors taking part in the festival, why not round off Saturday by showing off your literary knowledge at a book quiz at the Dalriada on the prom? No tickets are required and it costs just £1 per person to enter. The quiz begins at 8pm and will run until approximately 10pm. It’s a good idea to get along early though as the quiz is very popular and once it’s full, it’s full!