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Word Power Books
43-45 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DB Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Started in 2009 by Word Power, Edinburgh’s Book Fringe hosts an array of writers to perform, read from and discuss their work, as well as sign books. Expect friendly, intimate events in Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop with a fantastic selection of writers, poets and novelists. Previous guests have included Mark Thomas, James Robertson, Amy Liptrot, Helen Fitzgerald, Janice Galloway, Rajah Shehadeh and Marion McCreedy.
These events are free and do not need to be booked, just rock up for half an hour at 13.00, throughout August in the Lighthouse!
This year’s full program is still to be announced, but here’s a snapshot from the line-up:
ROSIE WILBY, award-winning writer, comedian and broadcaster, presents her latest work Is Monogamy Dead? It is a hilarious, thought-provoking mix of memoir, heartache and science that puts 21st century relationships under the microscope.
“Hilarious… Jo Brand meets Eddie Izzard” – DIVA magazine
HENRIETTA ROSE-INNES, award winning writer, whose previous works include; Nineveh, The Rock Alphabet, and Shark’s Egg. Rose-Innes will be presenting her latest work, Green Lion, a novel that captures our identity as animals within nature and tells the story of a park-keeper’s relationship with a lion in captivity.
“I love Henrietta Rose-Innes’ work. With plotlines that are wittily subversive and language that is whippet-lean, [she] is long overdue for discovery by a wider readership.” – Patrick Gale
DON PATERSON is one of Scotland’s foremost poets, and poetry editor at Picador. His critically acclaimed work has won him the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry and The Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, among others. Wry, mordant, and often self-deprecating, there is a constant thread of touching pathos throughout Paterson verse — he's a bookshop favourite.
“Dynamic, interrogative and unsettling; crafted yet open-ended; fiercely smart, savage and stirring- from the get-go Paterson’s poetry has been essential reading.” – The Guardian
DAN RICHARDS, artist, writer and climber, comes to the Lighthouse to talk about his current project and his last book, Climbing Days. It is a memoir to his great, great-aunt, Dorothy Pilley, a trail-blazing climber of the early twentieth century. Blending his own personal accounts of climbing with Pilley’s, this work is a beautiful portrait of a woman who, until now, had been lost to history.
“A delightful portrait of an extraordinary woman. Dan Richards’ prose is a joy to read, and despite my lifelong aversion to heights, swept me happily along in the pioneering footsteps of the fascinating Dorothy Pilley.” – Nigel Slater