Portobello Book Festival 2021 – Saturday 2nd October – afternoon events

Below are the details for events in the afternoon of Saturday 2nd October.
Please remember that all events are ticketed apart from those online.
Tickets available from the library.


12.45-1.45pm                                                          LIBRARY UPSTAIRS

Flora Johnston is the author of What You Call Free. Set in 17th Century Edinburgh, it follows the story of two women who don’t conform to society’s expectations.  Caroline Dunford’s novels include historical mysteries featuring Euphemia Martins at the time of The Great War and her daughter Hope Stapleford in WW2. Join them as they discuss researching and writing historical fiction set in very different eras and giving voice to women from those times.

Chair: Janis Mackay


2.30-3.30pm                                                                  LIBRARY UPSTAIRS

Join Lesley Kelly and William McIntyre in conversation, as they discuss their entertaining and often humorous crime thriller series. Lesley Kelly’s The Health of Strangers books are set in the aftermath of a global pandemic, though the series began well before recent events. William McIntyre is a criminal defence solicitor who draws on his own courtroom experiences to turn fact into fiction with a string of legal thrillers all featuring Linlithgow-based lawyer, Robbie Munro. 


4.00-5.00pm                                                             LIBRARY UPSTAIRS

Love and humour are often present in the work of Portobello author Grahame Howard.  Here he talks about his two books published during lockdown.  Coda, Fantaisie and an Intermezzo, three love stories with a musical theme and The Norris Sanction, a light hearted humorous tale featuring a terminal loser.

Chair:  Paul Hudson


5.30-6.30pm                                                    LIBRARY DOWNSTAIRS

Andrew’s latest novel Mayflies is an elegy to a teenage friend.  Set in Scotland, it is a poignant story of lost youth, music, and male friendship. Andrew has been nominated for the Booker Prize three times, is Visiting Professor of Writing at King’s College London and Editor-at-Large of The London Review of Books. Andrew will be joined in this special event by Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland, who also hails from Ayrshire.

Books by all our participating authors are available to order from The Portobello Bookshop.
Click here to visit the PBF page

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