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EIBF- All Aboard! with Alexander McCall Smith & Iain McIntosh (UK)

Date: 12 August 2018
Venue: Spark Theatre on George Street
Time: 12.15pm

Climb aboard and join celebrated Edinburgh author Alexander McCall Smith and illustrator Iain McIntosh as they share the latest exciting adventures of the School Ship Tobermory crew. This time, the team are headed down under to the land of Oz. Set sail for a wonderful hour of storytelling as Alexander also introduces two other exhilarating […]

EIBF- Be Kind While There is Still Time (UK)

Date: 14 August 2018
Venue: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Time: 6.45pm

Philip Larkin’s work doesn’t feature in Scotland’s Best Loved Poems, but the subtitle of this event – a line from a Larkin poem – sums up Alexander McCall Smith’s approach. Kindness is a red thread running through his novels’ lively plots, and it’s no wonder they’ve achieved global sales. Today he talks about his latest novels, […]

EIBF- Tumbling Lassie with Alexander McCall Smith (UK)

Date: 15 August 2018
Venue: The Spiegeltent
Time: 6.30pm

A FAREWELL TO SLAVERY? ‘We have no slaves in Scotland…’ This was the conclusion of a 1687 case concerning a travelling showman and a performing gymnast he’d ‘acquired’. It was the first time a Scottish court had rejected slavery. Now, thanks to the work of Alan McLean QC, composer Tom Cunningham and novelist Alexander McCall […]

EIBF- For the Love of Scotland (UK)

Date: 16 August 2018
Venue: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Time: 6.45pm

His books have become bestsellers around the globe, but Alexander McCall Smith remains resolutely proud of, and fascinated by, his Scottish home. Today he talks with Jamie Jauncey about how the country has influenced his writing and infused his international novels, including the world-renowned The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. Tickets:

EIBF- An Opera for Humanity (UK)

Date: 18 August 2018
Venue: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Time: 5.00pm

As well as being a bestselling novelist, Alexander McCall Smith has a passion for music. He set up the No. 1 Ladies’ Opera House in Botswana to give local singers a chance to perform; plus he’s written several operas and song cycles including Silver Darlings and Fergus of Galloway. Today he discusses books, music and opera, the ways […]