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.

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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.

Are We There Yet? with Jenni Calder, Regi Claire and Claire Squires

Sunday 6th October – 11am – Library Upstairs

The road to equality for Scottish women writers. How far along are we? A panel discussion looking at this question from different perspectives with writer and biographer Jenni Calder, novelist Regi Claire and Professor of Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling Claire Squires.

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 @DalriadaBar1

Saturday 5th October – 8pm -The Dalriada on Portobello Prom

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!

Talking Crime with Ian Rankin and Doug Johnstone @beathhigh @doug_johnstone

Saturday 5th October – 5.30pm – Library Downstairs

Best-selling crime novelists Ian Rankin and Doug Johnstone in conversation. Ian’s latest book In A House of Lies and Doug’s Breakers have both had rave reviews. This promises to be a lively and entertaining event as both writers share a fascination for music and the darker side of Edinburgh.

Please note that this event is fully booked. Check at the library for any returned tickets. A few extra tickets will be available immediately before the event.

Displaced Dishes with Pamela Gregory and Gica Loening

Saturday 5th October – 3.30pm – Portobello Baptist Church Cafe

Come and hear the story of the Samos Refugee Camp and the inspiring story of how recipes from home can provide a vital lifeline of hope. Pamela Gregory and Gica Loening discuss their experiences in the camp and how the recipe book emerged.

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

Dark Secrets with Lisa Ballantyne and Sandra Ireland @ballantyne_lisa @22_ireland

Saturday 5th October – 3.30pm – Portobello Baptist Church Hall

Lisa Ballantyne, author of Little Liar, and Sandra Ireland, author of The Unmaking of Ellie Rook, talk about how they work with the darker side of life to create compelling characters and intriguing plots in their novels.

Chair: Lesley Kelly

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