The Edinburgh International Book Festival was amongst hundreds of cultural events to have been cancelled due to Coronavirus, but the show must go on(line)! Between 15 and 31 August over 140 festival events are taking place online, many of them for free. Here is a list of our top picks to look out for:
Olivette Otele & Angela Saini: Pseudoscience and Slavery (15 August) Olivette Otele, the UK’s first Black woman history professor and Angela Saini, author of Superior: the Return of Race Science, are joined by writer Anita Sethi to discuss the legacy of slavery in contemporary politics and scientific racism. More details here.
Writing Wrongs: Voices from the Queer Arab Vanguard (21 August) Author and journalist Randa Jarrar, documentary maker and playwright Raphael Khouri and drag performer and writer Amrou al-Kadhi are joined by editor and translator Alice Guthrie. They read from their works and discuss the creativity and activism of queer Arab artists. More details here.
Lola Olufemi & Minna Salami: Critical Reflections On Feminism (21 August) Lola Olufemi, author of the brand new book Feminism, Interrupted and Nigerian-Finnish writer and lecturer Minna Salami, in conversation with feminist historian Jade Bentil. More details here.
Bernardine Evaristo with Nicola Sturgeon: The Triumph of Girl, Woman, Other (22 August) First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is joined by Booker Prize winning author Bernardine Evaristo to contextualise the popularity of her novel, Girl, Woman, Other. More details here.
Selva Almada: Giving Voice to the Victims of Femicide (25 August) Argentinian author Selva Almada discusses Dead Girls, her book which reimagines the lives of five victims of femicide. More details here.
Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? (28 August) Writer and performer Travis Alabanza, actor Valerie Edmond, filmmaker Paul Sng and authors Ian Rankin and Kit de Waal meet to discuss class politics and white, middle class gatekeeping of the arts. More details here.
Should Capitalism Survive Climate Change? (29 August) Former UN Secretary for Climate Christiana Figueres, human rights lawyer Julian Auguon and NY Times climate journalist Somini Sengupta discuss the relationship between social justice and the future of environmental sustainability. More details here.
This image is used under the creative commons license with thanks to bryonv2 on Flickr. It shows an empty garden chair in front of the lights and tents of the Edinburgh Book Festival.