Book Fringe
Edinburgh's alternative book festival of ideas
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To the Wild Ends with Dan Richards & David Gange

Here at Golden Hare Books, we definitely think of ourselves as an adventurous bunch, but we are the first to admit these adventures mostly take place through the pages of a good book while safely ensconced in a sofa. Putting our more sedentary lifestyles somewhat to shame, two of our Book Fringe authors – David Grange and Dan Richards – actively searched excitement out, travelling to the wild ends of the world and chronicling their experiences in two of our favourite volumes of recent travel literature: The Frayed Atlantic Edge and Outpost.

Having kayaked down the Atlantic coast of Britain and explored wildnerness in Desolation Peak, Washington State and Svalbard, Norway (no, really), they joined us last Friday evening for a conversation with Golden Hare manager Julie Danskin about what prompted their expeditions, their literary influences, and what they learnt from writing these two incredible volumes.

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Why Cities Look the Way They Do, with Richard J. Williams and Timandra Harkness

Not to boast, but we think we live in one of the most visually stunning cities in the world
(made even more so by the super cute drawings currently in our windows, obviously). So
you can only imagine how quickly we devoured Richard J. Williams’ Why Cities Look the Way
They Do
, an engrossing and thought-provoking consideration of urban areas and their aesthetic roots. We were lucky enough to have Richard visit us for an equally thought-provoking talk as part of our Book Fringe programme, in conversation with Timandra Harkness and our very own bookseller David Bloomfield for a discussion about cityscapes, modernity, and the power of visual expression.

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Love and Ennui in Fictional Belfast with Wendy Erskine

Wendy Erskine’s debut collection of short stories Sweet Home is a gorgeous, melancholy, and deeply evocative exploration of daily life in East Belfast. Fans of her work for the longest time, we were delighted to welcome her to Golden Hare Books as part of our Book Fringe line up. Wendy chatted to our very own manager Julie Danskin about the writing process, her interest in the underdog, and what she feels the short story genre offers, in what was a generous, honest, and insightful discussion about the mechanics and impetuses of fiction.

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Water Shall Refuse Them with Lucie McKnight Hardy & Claire Askew

Our second Golden Hare Books Book Fringe event was prefaced by a deluge of Biblical proportions, appropriate for the launch of a novel set in extreme weather conditions.

The weather was a marked contrast from the considerable heat of our Nan Shepherd event the day before, but just as with Nan Shepherd, a flock of literary enthusiasts braved the torrential conditions to celebrate Lucie McKnight Hardy’s gorgeous and unsettling debut novel Water Shall Refuse Them.

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Welcome to Book Fringe!

August is upon us once again and with it the return of Book Fringe! We’re extremely excited about this year’s Fringe, and we’re sure that our lineup will have you racing to both Lighthouse Book and Golden Hare Books for these completely free events! And with no tickets, there’s no need to book!

But who can we expect at the Book Fringe, you say? Well, you can sign up to our newsletter to get updates through the month! Additionally, you can check out our fab new website here! In the meantime, we’ll give you some of our highlights for the opening portion of the Fringe…

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GET LEAVE TO LIVE: THE LIVING MOUNTAIN BY NAN SHEPHERD

Our very first Book Fringe 2019 event at Golden Hare Books may well have broken records.  The seats were filled by 6pm, the room was full by 6:15pm, and by the time the talk started at 6:30pm, personal space had become a thing of the past!

It’s a testament to Nan Shepherd’s incredible legacy, the stunning new edition of The Living Mountain published by Canongate, and the popularity of the folks at Have You Ever? who recorded the event as part of their podcast, that everyone braved the queues and rising heat to hear about Shepherd’s gorgeous volume of seminal nature writing…

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