Top authors head up “Edinburgh Reads” spring programme

cross and burnCrime fiction superstar Val McDermid, “Maggie and Me” author Damian Barr and a debate on the independence referendum are among the highlights of the Edinburgh Reads spring programme.

McDermid, who has sold over 10 million copies of her books, will be in town to discuss her latest, Cross and Burn.

Damian Barr’s Maggie and Me is a funny, tender and heartbreaking memoir of deprivation and survival in 1980s Lanarkshire. Damian will discuss his book, and the issues it raises, with Richard Holloway.

maggie and meKaren Campbell, author of “This is where I am” appears alongside Korean writers Kim Insuk and Han Kang for a special event in partnership with the British Council as part of the Korea Market Focus Cultural Programme at the London Book Fair 2014. Kim is rare among Korean writers in that her works often centre on Koreans who live outside Korea. Han Kang’s writing explores how individuals and relationships respond to Korea’s rapidly developing modern society.

Before that Craig Smith, author of The Mile, Andrew Ferguson (Scots who enlightened the world) former Labour MP Maria Fyfe and Scottish Poetry Library founder Tessa Ransford make up the panel for what should be a fascinating discussion on the question of Scottish independence. In the chair will be Alistair McCleery, Professor of Literature at Edinburgh Napier University.

As ever, all our events are free. See the calendar below for times, dates and booking information.

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