BSL Interpreted Events at Edinburgh Book Festival

Edinburgh Book Festival logoThe Edinburgh Book Festival this year runs from 9th – 25th August. The brochure has just been launched and there are 15 events which are BSL interpreted. These are listed below, but to find out more and to book your tickets (when they go on sale on 24th June), visit:

Wizards, Scallywags and Pirates with Kristina Stephenson
Age 5-8
Saturday 9 August 2:00pm – 3:00pm
BSL Event
Join Kristina Stephenson for Sir Charlie Stinky Socks’ latest adventure featuring a mysterious whisper that tells of Sir Charlie’s brave deeds.

Iain Macwhirter
After the Referendum
Saturday 9 August 3:00pm – 4:00pm
His book Road to Referendum is a clear-minded history of Scotland’s journey towards its historic vote in September, and Iain Macwhirter argues that after the poll, constitutional change is inevitable.

Alyssa Popiel
Making Edinburgh into an Artwork
Sunday 10 August 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Though Glasgow gets much attention for its contribution to contemporary art, the nation’s capital possesses a collection that is the envy of many onlookers. Alyssa Popiel discusses inspirational works.

Jill Calder & James Robertson on Robert the Bruce
Families & 7+
Monday 11 August 5:00pm – 6:00pm
With accurate historical detail and imaginative touches to offer a fresh perspective on one of the great heroes of Scottish history, Robert the Bruce is a new graphic novel with pedigree, written by the talented James Robertson.

William Fotheringham
The Truth About Britain’s Greatest Cyclist
Wednesday 13 August 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Long before Bradley Wiggins took the world by storm, British cycling already had a hero. Tom Simpson was world champion and the first Briton to wear yellow in the Tour de France. In 1967 Simpson died during a stage of the Tour.

John Burnett
The Enduring Appeal of a Classic Work
Friday 15 August 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Adapted onto the big screen with iconic results, The Thirty-Nine Steps is John Buchan’s most famous novel. Set in the months just prior to the outbreak of the First World War, its themes and metaphors still reverberate today.

Linda Colley
The Reinvention of Britain
Friday 15 August 2:00pm – 3:00pm
A professor of history at Princeton University, Linda Colley is one of the best-respected chroniclers of British history. In Acts of Union and Disunion, she explores the forces that brought the United Kingdom together and asks what may be driving it today.

Anthony Browne
Families & 5+
Sunday 17 August 10:00am – 11:00am
Former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne is an acclaimed author and illustrator who regularly thrills young audiences with his charming tales and captivating illustrations.

Sally Magnusson
Where Memories Go
Sunday 17 August 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Dementia can rob people of more than just their dignity. If their passion was words, how can they carry on when all that has slipped away?

Rory Stewart
Scotland and England’s Vanished Middleland
Monday 18 August 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Ten years ago Rory Stewart walked 6000 miles across Asia, his journey taking him through the remote mountains of Afghanistan. Today he’s a Tory MP in Cumbria, and his most recent walking tour has taken him along the length of the English-Scottish border.

Kate Adie
Life in the Crossfire
Tuesday 19 August 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Kate Adie’s work as a BBC news reporter in the 80s and 90s established her as an internationally respected journalist and a household name. Having posted unforgettable reports from events including the Lockerbie disaster and the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Mpho Tutu
The Painful Road to Forgiveness
Thursday 21 August 11:30am – 12:30pm
When apartheid ended many expected South Africa to be devastated by a bloodbath. Yet thanks to people like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the country instead chose reconciliation and forgiveness. Now Tutu and his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, have written The Book of Forgiving.

Francesca Martinez & Mark Thomas
The Jokes are Never Wobbly
Friday 22 August 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of two, comedian Francesca Martinez has brilliantly overcome being regarded as ‘abnormal’ in a world obsessed with normality. She has forged a successful career as an actor and is one of the brightest talents on the stand-up comedy circuit.

Andrew Crummy
Stitching Together Scotland’s Heritage
Saturday 23 August 10:00am – 11:00am
Artist Andrew Crummy has worked on many large-scale public projects in his time, but surely nothing matches the ambition and size of The Great Tapestry of Scotland. 55,000 sewing hours were spent on 49,000 metres of yarn to complete an artefact which has been dubbed Scotland’s Bayeux Tapestry.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with Michael Rosen
Families & 7+
Sunday 24 August 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Come and celebrate 25 years of Michael Rosen’s timeless classic, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, the book that children return to time and again. The ever-popular poet and children’s author brings his inimitable brand of humour, fun and energy to this event.

To book tickets, visit