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2019 Programme

All our events are free + unticketed


Lighthouse events start at 1.00pm and last for 30 minutes

Golden Hare events start at 6.30pm and last for one hour

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The Messenger

  • LIGHTHOUSE - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop 43-45 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 9DB United Kingdom (map)

with author Shiv Malik

Every reporter knows never to betray a source. But what if your source betrays you?

The Messenger tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two men looking to change the world – a repentant jihadist and an idealistic journalist. This troubling real-life thriller takes us from their first meeting in a spartan flat in the rough suburbs of Manchester, to a bombing in Pakistan, a dramatic arrest and Malik’s reporting career on the brink of ruin.

Malik reflects on this extraordinary and terrifying time in his career which led him to ask: who can we put our trust in?

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Featured Book

The Messenger by Shiv Malik (Guardian Faber Publishing, 2019)

Later Event: August 18
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