Bursting the banks: our summer Booked! Festivals

At the centre of our summer activities were three Booked! Festivals, two-day mini events which took place in Galashiels, Greenock and Aberdeen in August while the Festival in Charlotte Square Gardens continued. We were able to draw on the authors attending Edinburgh to create quality programmes in tandem with our local partners in each area, bringing audiences face-to-face with authors …

The View from Castle Rock Borders Tour

Following on from our world première production of Alice Munro’s The View from Castle Rock during Edinburgh International Book Festival, we took the show on tour to the Scottish Borders, where the writer’s ancestors lived before sailing to find a new life in Canada. There were four sell-out performances on consecutive nights from 31 August to 3 September in venues …

From Lahore to Lewis and Harris

One of our most exciting Booked! activities of the year took us from Edinburgh to the Hebrides, via Pakistan. Originally organised by Highlight Arts, poets from Pakistan and Scotland came together to create new poetry, stories and music in both Glasgow and Lahore. Building on this initial exchange, the Edinburgh International Book Festival invited illustrators and storytellers from both countries …

LandWords

How do we connect to Scotland’s stories, old and new, in our post-industrial, post-referendum, postmodern age? Are we telling our own tales of the places we love? LandWords was a special collaboration between Edinburgh International Book Festival and Falkirk Community Trust, in which Falkirk’s Callendar House provided space and inspiration to explore questions of place, identity, history and story. Situated …

The Crocodiamond

The Crocodiamond brought together pupils at Sandaig Primary School in Glasgow with author and illustrator Debi Gliori, a storyteller and four musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The children worked with these artists to create images which would visually tell the story of The Crocodiamond, a tale written by acclaimed children’s author Anthony Horowitz, set to music by innovative composer …

Graphic Lyrics

Beginning last August with a visit to the Book Festival for a Stanley Odd performance, S4 pupils from Shawlands Academy in Glasgow joined us for Graphic Lyrics, a multicultural and cross-disciplinary creative journey. Working with members of Stanley Odd, the pupils wrote and recorded raps reinterpreting a traditional story from their own culture (Romanian, Slovakian and Iraqi); then with the …