Scottish Books Events: November 2023

Two big book festivals take place in Edinburgh next month, with book launches, poetry nights, and spoken word everywhere from Glasgow Women's Library and The Stand

Feature by Anahit Behrooz | 01 Nov 2023
  • Camilla Grudova

There are two big book events on in Edinburgh this month. Push The Boat Out, Edinburgh’s international poetry festival, returns with a stunning programme of performances, gigs, workshops and walks. We’re especially excited about our three sponsored events: Dumpling Poetry with Sean Wai-Keung, Song Exploder with Bemz, Dave Hook and Queen of Harps, and a performance of Inua Ellams’ Search Party (24-26 Nov). Over at Assembly Roxy a couple of weeks before, meanwhile, is Lighthouse Bookshop’s Radical Book Fair (9-12 Nov), with panels from Yara Rodrigues Fowler, Sophie Chauhan, Hannah Silva and Micha Frazer-Carroll, and even zine-making led by Blunt Knife Co.

Elsewhere, Camilla Grudova launches her second short story collection The Coiled Serpent at Portobello Bookshop (2 Nov), and three poets from Ignition Press – Clementine E Burnley, Patrick James Errington and Alycia Pirmohamed – perform at Typewronger Books (6 Nov). Over at Glasgow Women’s Library, there’s a Story Café special (9 Nov) looking at eco-poetry, with readings from three Ginkgo Eco-poetry prize shortlisted women poets. And finally, over at The Stand Glasgow, spoken word artist Kevin P. Gilday explores what it means to be working class (22 Nov).