Archive for July, 2012

For those of you still in Edinburgh during the festivals, this one could be of interest:

“Since the first Edinburgh Writers’ Conference in 1962, there has been a renaissance in Scottish literature, bringing the voices of Scottish people of different backgrounds into ground-breaking novels by writers such as James Kelman, Alasdair Gray, Janice Galloway and A L Kennedy among many others. Have there been similarly powerful developments in the ‘national literatures’ of other countries? In this session chaired by Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh addresses the impact of national identity on the novel today. This event will be filmed and broadcast live online.”

More information and tickets can be found here.


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Part of the Imprisoned Writer’s Series at The Edinburgh International Book Festival
Produced by Amnesty International
17:30-18:15 Peppers Theatre, Free

All around the world, people have been and are persecuted and discriminated against for who they are – in Rwanda, South Sudan, Bosnia and even here in Scotland. On 14th August, Book Festival authors Gillian Slovo, Patrick Gale, Monique Roffey and Lisa O’Donnell read works by writers from Gypsy, Roma and other Traveller communities who are marginalised because of their culture and way of life.

This event is part of a series of daily readings, being held at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which pays tribute to writers facing persecution for their thoughts and words.

Tickets available from the box office on the day of the event


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Interesting article from the New York Times which traces actual and potential border disputes between Newfoundland and its neighbours:


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