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.

A Doctor’s Notes on Medicine and Human Change with Gavin Francis @gavinfranc

Saturday 5th October – 3.30pm – Library Upstairs

Gavin Francis

Gavin Francis’s fascination with the human body and Antarctica has been expressed in award winning Adventures in Human Being, Empire Antarctica and Shapeshifters.  He contributes to London Review of Books and The New York Review of Books among others.

Chair: Professor John Gillies

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

Professor Who? Melissa Terras with Edward Ross @melissaterras @edward_ross

Saturday 5th October – 2pm – Portobello Baptist Church Hall

Melissa Terras, Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at The University of Edinburgh, discusses her book Picture-Book Professors with Edward Ross, graphic novelist and creator of Filmish. This in-conversation event  explores issues around representation of academics and scientists in children’s books and culture at large, and how they affect our attitudes towards expertise, science and knowledge.

You can download a free ebook of Picture-Book Professors at the CUP webpage: cambridge.org/core/services/…

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

The Spirit of the Hebrides with Alastair Jackson @antolldubh1

Saturday 5th October – 2pm – Library Upstairs

Photographer Alastair Jackson and poet Kenneth Steven have collaborated on their recently published book, The Spirit of the Hebrides. Their words and images have been inspired by renowned Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean, who was a native of Skye and Raasay. Alastair shares his thoughts on how MacLean’s poetry has influenced the ideas for the book.

Chair: Peter Ross

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

Fighting for Freedom of Expression Across Borders – Scottish PEN @ScottishPEN

Saturday 5th October – 2pm – Portobello Baptist Church Cafe

Writers around the world are censored, imprisoned, even murdered for speaking out. Scottish PEN brings together leading writers to read work that people have tried to silence, standing in solidarity with at-risk writers across the globe.

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

Crime Fiction: Past and Present with Emma Salisbury and Harriet Smart @emmasauthor @fictionwitch

Saturday 5th October – 12.30pm – Portobello Baptist Church Hall

Emma Salisbury writes crime novels set in present day Edinburgh and Salford while Harriet Smart‘s Northminster Mysteries are set in the mid-1800s. Join them as they discuss the similarities and differences between historical and contemporary crime fiction.

Chair: Caroline Dunford

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