Edinburgh International Book Festival announces 2015 programme

Feature by News Team | 10 Jun 2015

The line-up for the 2015 Edinburgh International Book Festival has been announced ahead of this year's festival in August.

The 2015 Festival once again takes place at Charlotte Square Gardens, running from 15-31 August. A performance from poet and rapper Kate Tempest leads the festival's Babble On spoken word strand and is The Skinny's sponsored event from the main programme; also in the line-up are performances from George the Poet and Ryan Van Winkle amongst others.

The Unbound strand of late-night events also returns this year – we'll have the full line-up and interviews with some of the key players in this year's Unbound, as well as an in-depth look at Babble On, in our July issue.

Rebus author Ian Rankin has programmed one of the festival’s Guest Selectors strands, which will feature appearances from Edwyn Collins, actor Alan Cumming, Belle and Sebastian co-founder Stuart David, and Viv Albertine of punk mainstays The Slits.

Scottish literature is, as ever, well represented at this year's Book Festival – Alasdair Gray discusses the origins of his groundbreaking novel Lanark as a stage version of the book premieres at the Edinburgh International Festival, Christopher Brookmyre presents new novel Dead Girl Walking, while there are also returns to the Festival for William McIlvanney and Irvine Welsh.

Elsewhere, Mexican author Yuri Herrera discusses his new book Signs Preceding the End of the World, Ken MacLeod presents a selection of poetry by late sci-fi author Iain Banks, Evie Wyld introduces her new 'graphic memoir' with illustrator Joe Sumner, and Michel Faber discusses his final novel The Book of Strange Things.

The 2015 Edinburgh International Book Festival runs from 15-31 August; tickets go on sale on Tue 23 June.

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