Book Fringe
Edinburgh's alternative book festival of ideas
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Welcome to Book Fringe!

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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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On the 6th August at 1pm, Lighthouse are hosting Paul Baker to discuss Fabulosa!, his astonishing history of Polari, a secret language used chiefly in the early twentieth century by gay men to avoid persecution. An eclectic cast of drag queens and sailors, Dilly boys and macho clones, Fabulosa! feels like a living, breathing testament to struggling through with panache. We can’t wait to explore Baker’s fascinating and fantastically readable account of this funny, filthy, and ingenious language.

Also on the 6th at 6:30pm at Golden Hare, we’ll be examining Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain, a classic of nature writing based in and around the Cairngorms. Enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity (and with a gorgeous new hardback out from Canongate!), this event will be framed around a live recording of Have You Ever? – a podcast about the power of shared experience and friendship. Hosts Rowan Morrison and Svein Clouston will introduce The Living Mountain and explore what the book means to them. We’re also delighted to announce that guest Erlend Clouston, Nan’s literary executor, will give us a short talk about her ongoing legacy.

We’re easy to find and close to the centre of Edinburgh! Just consult this comprehensive map for more details!

We’re easy to find and close to the centre of Edinburgh! Just consult this comprehensive map for more details!

We’re also pleased to have Mia Violet in Lighthouse at 1pm for her new book Yes, You Are Trans Enough, in which she discusses her intimate, witty account of growing up as a kid on the fringes. She discusses how she finally realised that she was ‘trans enough’ to be transgender and the various difficult and uplifting experiences that led her to that point. She will also be exploring the fundamental inaccuracies in the way that trans people and rights are depicted in the media with Lighthouse’ Writer in residence Eris Young, author of They, Them/ Their.

On the 7th August at 6:30pm, we’re welcoming the inimitable Lucie McKnight-Hardy to Golden Hare for the launch of her vividly disquieting debut novel, Water Shall Refuse Them. Fans of British folklore and Shirley Jackson are in for a treat. In conversation with the writer Claire Askew, she’ll share the inspiration and process for this story of family, grief and ritual.

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Lighthouse pride themselves on delivering prophetic literature and Palestine+100 is firmly in that tradition. Gazan writer Rawan Yaghi will be talking about her vision of the future in this Comma Press’ Sci-Fi anthology. 12 Palestinian writers are asked this intriguing question: what might your country look like in 2048 – a century after the Nakba? The varied, unusual and politically stunning responses from the authors will be discussed in this event at 1pm on August 8th.

Editor Derek Owusu will be discussing Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space at Lighthouse on 11th August at 1pm. This passionate and insightful collection of essays by writers, musicians, actors, journalists and poets addresses what being a black man in modern British society really entails.

This is just the tip of all the content available at Book Fringe this August. For more information on upcoming events, click here! And remember: every event is completely free!