Boswell Book Festival - Sunday

Date Occurs 14/05/2017 - 14/05/2017
Time Various
Age range
Admission All tickets £8, £6. Except where indicated

10.45am Coffee Housing £10 £8c to include coffee and cake

Flora Shedden

Join the 2015 Great British Bake Off runner-up over coffee and bakes as she talks about her love of cooking to celebrate at age 20 the publication of her first cookbook Gatherings. From Dunkeld, she is shortly to open an Artisan bakery there.

Capacity 50

 

12.00pm Alan Johnson From the condemned slums of West London to the corridors of power in Westminster, the former postman and Home Secretary -  and Labour MP for Hull West -  talks about how a working class man from the poorest of backgrounds rose to the top.

Capacity 300

 

12.00pm Philippe Sands, Malcolm Rifkind and Magnus Linklater A Lawyer, who has prosecuted criminals against humanity, a Politician who has grappled with conflict and peace and a Journalist and editor with a life dedicated to establishing hard facts, examine the impact of today’s ferment of lies, half-truths and the loss of memory on the world’s conscience.

Capacity 200

 

12.00pm Tristram Clarke will help you unlock your family history. Archivist for over 40 years at the National Records of Scotland, indispensable as a source for family historians,

historians and biographers he will share his knowledge talking about Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors.

Capacity 200

 

1.30pm Minoo Dinshaw The fascinating life of Steven Runciman: scholar, traveller, Hebridean laird, gossip and ghost hunter, whose masterpiece was the History of the Crusades, is brought to life by one of the brightest new stars of biography.

Capacity 200

 

1.30pm Russell Napier in 2014 opened the world’s first Library of Mistakes in Edinburgh dedicated to the misadventures of men and money. His talk will tell of greed, incompetence, foolishness and fraud arguing that economics cannot just be quantified in cold hard numbers.

Capacity 200

 

2.00pm Richard Ingrams, legendary co-founder and editor of Private Eye, on his friend Ludovic Kennedy, journalist and broadcaster whose fight against miscarriages of justice, such as the trials of Timothy Evans (10 Rillington Place), Derek Bentley and Patrick Meehan was hugely influential in abolishing the death penalty.

Capacity 300

 

3.15pm Kenneth Cox, Scotland’s Indiana Jones, best-selling garden writer and plant hunter who runs the well known Glendoick nursery and garden centre in Perthshire, will talk about four centuries of Scotland’s greatest gardeners including William Bruce and Ian Hamilton Finlay as well as his own family story.

Capacity 200

 

3.15pm Gordon Turnbull, head of the Boswell project at Yale University, reveals the remarkable episode when James Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson was used by King Edward VII to calm dangerous tensions between Germany and Britain during his nephew Kaiser Wilhelms visit to Sandringham in 1902.

Capacity 200

 

3.30pm James MacMillan plays the lost songs of St Kilda and tells the incredible story of their rediscovery in an Edinburgh care home.  In conversation with Charles Maclean, author of the lyrical Island on the Edge of the World. A Cumnock Tryst collaboration.

Capacity 300

 

3.30pm Debi Gliori uses stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text to describe in Night Shift her life-long depression. Debi aims to show fellow sufferers that there can be an escape - it may not be easy to find, but it is there

Capacity 50

 

4.45pm Robert Crawford, acclaimed biographer of Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land, charts how TS Eliot started out as a subversive outsider and became the most important poet of the twentieth century.

Capacity 200

 

5.00pm Alexandra Shulman The longest serving and most successful editor of Vogue in its 100-year history, talks about her time there including revealing the challenges of producing the 100th anniversary issue including the secret planning of that Duchess of Cambridge surprise cover, organising the star-studded Vogue 100 Gala and coping with the continual scrutiny of a television crew making the BBC Television's Absolutely Fashion documentary. 

Capacity 300

 

6.45pm Festival Finale: Joan Eardley: A Private View

A new promenade play on its premiere 2017 tour                                 

 £10, £8c to include a glass of champagne

Joan Eardley has been described as the artist who 'captured Scotland’s life and soul’ with her candid portraits of Glasgow’s tenement children and dramatic paintings of the fishing village of Catterline with its leaden skies and wild sea. Anna Carlisle’s ground-breaking play starring award-winning actress, Alexandra Mathie, conveys what it was that fired Joan Eardley and through stunning visual imagery the audience will experience for themselves the overwhelming impact of her finished works.

Capacity 300

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