Thursday, August 08, 2013

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013 events

The Edinburgh International Book Festival kicks off this Saturday [August 10th] with a mighty programme of 700 events over 17 days. So many amazing writers and creators are coming this year, with a special focus on comics and graphic novels through the Stripped mini-festival Aug 23-26. I will be chairing five events during the festival...

Paul Gravett talks about the development of comics as an artform and narrative medium. Paul is the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic speakers about comics, so this should be a fascinating session, celebrating the best graphic novels from around the world. [Friday, August 23rd - 5pm, ScottishPower Studio Theatre, book tickets here]

Celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who with authors Ben Aaronovitch, Justin Richards and Steve Cole. All have written Doctor Who novels [Ben also wrote for the TV series in the 80s], but each of them also writes their own much-loved series of novels. [Friday, August 23rd - 8.30pm, ScottishPower Studio Theatre, book tickets here]

Robbie Morrison & Jim Murray are the creators of Drowntown, a gripping graphic novel noir just published by Jonathan Cape. Robbie's best known for 2000AD swashbuckler Nikolai Dante, while Jim works for Seattle's acclaimed Valve Studios. [Saturday, August 24th - 5pm, ScottishPower Studio Theatre, book tickets here]

Hannah Berry & Gareth Brookes are part of an exciting new wave of talent storming British comics. Hannah is the creator of unnerving graphic novel Adamtine, while Gareth hand-crafted the unique Black Project from linoprints and embroidery. [Saturday, August 24th - 8.30pm, Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, book tickets here]

2000AD: Back to the Future celebrates the iconic British anthology, still going strong after 36 years. Creators Dan Abnett, Warren Pleece and Jim Murray will be discussing why this weekly comic with its arcane title endures and continues to inspire readers. [Sunday, August 25th - 3pm, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, book tickets here]

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