Book Fringe
Edinburgh's alternative book festival of ideas

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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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Why Cities Look the Way they Do

  • Golden Hare Books 68 St Stephen Street Edinburgh United Kingdom (map)

with author Richard Williams + broadcaster Timandra Harkness

What if cities are less about conscious aesthetic planning and more about social, cultural and political processes? This is exactly what Richard Williams, Professor of Contemporary Visual Culture at the University of Edinburgh, tackles in his new book Why Cities Look the Way They Do. From abandoned factories repurposed into creative hubs to how financial capital spawns empty skyscrapers, this book explores many of the cliches and fictions of the modern city.

In conversation with writer and broadcaster Timandra Harkness and Golden Hare bookseller David Bloomfield, this event is for anyone interested in the city, its myths and realities.


Featured Book

Why Cities Look the Way they Do by Richard Williams (Polity Press, 2019)

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