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.

Rewilding the Young – Alan Hepburn

Saturday 5th October – 12.30pm – Library Upstairs

Alan Hepburn is a local teacher and Education Director of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture. Their latest publication is Scotland: A Rewilding Journey. He is a passionate advocate of reconnecting young people with nature and will talk about inspiring and informing the next generation of rewilders.

Children are most welcome at this event.

Chair: Rona Gray

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