Tickets in person only from Portobello Library
and at door 15 mins before events
FRIDAY 7th OCTOBER
With CATHY FORDE, author of award- winning novels about young adults and an experienced tutor of creative writing.
*** SCHOOL GROUPS ONLY ***
2.00-3.00pm TOWN HALL
Songs, stories and rhymes for children aged 0-3 plus parents, families or carers. Facepainting too!
8.00-10.30pm TOWN HALL
LET’S GET LYRICAL
The third Portobello Book Festival opens with a cabaret evening of music and words to celebrate song lyrics, hosted by DAVID FRANCIS, internationally renowned songwriter and musician. ***BAR***
SATURDAY 8th OCTOBER
10.30-12.30pm LIBRARY DR BOOK
Tired of the same old books? DR RECOMMENDABOOK will help all
(babies to teens) choose the perfect book. Drop in. No tickets required
OLD PARISH CHURCH HALL BELLFIELD ST NEWISH WINE IN OLD BOTTLES
DR BRUCE DURIE, of BBC Radio Scotland's Digging Up Your Roots, will discuss his latest best-selling Scottish Genealogy followed by a Family History workshop. Bring along personal queries.
HOOKED ON BOOKS - KEEPING CHILDREN READING
A discussion chaired by CLEO JONES with KATHRYN ROSS, Literary Agent and Consultant; SUSAN ELSLEY, Researcher; CLAIRA JO, Society of Scottish Children’s Book Writers; and M LOUISE KELLY, Linguist and Dyslexia Specialist.
12.30-1.30pm OLD PARISH CHURCH THE SECRET LIVES OF BUILDINGS
EDWARD HOLLIS, Author and Lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, talks to STUART KELLY, Literary Editor of Scotland on Sunday, about Portobello’s gothic architecture.
12.30-1.30pm LIBRARY PAPERLESS PUBLISHING
LYNSEY MAY shares tips for writing and publishing online. Lynsey’s fiction has featured in both on and offline publications, including Metazen and New Writing Scotland.
This event, chaired by CLAIRE ENGLISH, will be recorded for Radio Scotland’s Book Café. Janice will discuss her latest book All Made Up with members of Portobello’s book groups. Open to all.
1.45-3.15pm OLD PARISH CHURCH THE LIVING PAST - A Double Bill
MILLIE GRAY’S third book, Crystal's Song chronicles Leith from the war onwards with gritty realism and humour. MARGARET IRVINE’S Tenterfield: My Happy Childhood in Care recounts fond memories of a children’s home in Haddington.
MAKING COMICS workshop
Learn how to create memorable characters, tell stories using words and pictures and get your comics into the world, with Edinburgh League of Comics. FUMIO OBATA, who mixes European and Japanese influences, TOM HUNT, comic book editor and EDWARD ROSS, specialist in non fiction and autobiographical comics will be on hand.
14 years +
2.00-3.00pm DALRIADA on PROM
Coastal Rowing in Scotland. Rowers past and present talk about the recent enthusiasm for rowing in Portobello and beyond.
CANDIA MCWILLIAM, acclaimed novelist and Booker Prize judge. Her recent memoir What to Look For In Winter records her experience of blindness. Candia will share her ideas on writing with aspiring local writer CAROLYN BECKET.
4.00-5.00pm OLD PARISH CHURCH
ART IN THE COMMUNITY - THE PRESTONPANS TAPESTRY
ANDREW CRUMMY specialises in large scale collaborative art works. The Prestonpans Tapestry is a wonderful example, bringing together art, heritage and the community
6.00-8.00pm DALRIADA on PROM
DOUG JOHNSTONE, writer, musician and journalist, talks to Allan Guthrie about his new novel Smokeheads. This event includes a whisky tasting in collaboration with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
BOOK QUIZ DALRIADA on PROM £1 entry. No ticket required.
SUNDAY 9th OCTOBER
FROM IDEAS TO PAGE
Join MARIANNE PAGET, new writer, FRANCIS BICKMORE, Senior Editor Canongate Books and ALLAN GUTHRIE, Literary Agent, author and editor, in a workshop about getting published.
IAN EDWARDS, Botanist and Head of Events at Royal Botanic Gardens will discuss his latest book Woodlanders: New Life in Britain’s Forests.
DEBATING HEALTH, WEALTH AND WELLBEING
Panel: JOHN DICKIE, Child Poverty Action Group; STEWART MERCER, Professor of Primary Care, Glasgow University; ANNE O’DONNEL, Mental Health Activist. Join a discussion about connections between health, wealth and wellbeing.