Better bread, new poems and the state of Scottish football

It’s a game of two halves on Saturday 5th October at the Old Parish Church Hall in Portobello.

Is the baw burst? author Iain Hyslop gives a fan’s perspective on the state of Scottish football. When Iain read Henry McLeish’s official review of the state of Scottish football, he didn’t like what he saw – so he set about creating his own. Come and hear his views on the future of the game in this country.

After the half time oranges Stuart Waiton, author of Snob’s Law will talk about Criminalising Football Fans in an Age of Intolerance.

Then, having sorted our national game out, it’s time to tackle our diet. Head along to Portobello Library from 3.45 – 4.45pm to hear the man the BBC claims has ‘changed the way we think about bread’. Andrew Whitley’s Bread matters is a practical manual for home bakers and a manifesto for a bread revolution.

Sandwiched (groan) between the bread and the football Scottish Poetry Library founder Tessa Ransford reads from her new collection Don’t tell this to anyone (2pm at The Old Parish Church Hall).


These three events are just a sample of the delights on offer at next weekend’s Portobello Book Festival, now in its fifth year.

An impressive programme also includes contributions from Lesley Riddoch, Karen Campbell and Professor Chris Smout. On top of that there’s the book launch of Portobello and the Great War, storytelling fun and games for children by local storytellers.

And even more amazingly it’s all free. View the full programme and get your tickets from Portobello Library.


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