Portobello Book Festival 2021 – Sunday 3rd October – afternoon events

Below are the details for events in the afternoon of Sunday 3rd October.
Please remember that all events are ticketed apart from those online.
Tickets available from the library.


12.45-1.45pm                                                          LIBRARY UPSTAIRS

A conversation between Rona Gray and Patrick Baker, author of The Unremembered Places: Exploring Scotland’s Wild Histories.  ‘There are wild landscapes which transcend our modern notions of utility and purpose whose importance may never be fully understood yet which continue to resound with mystery and meaning.’


2.00-3.00pm                                                         LIBRARY DOWNSTAIRS

Chris Brookmyre, one of Britain’s most acclaimed authors and winner of the UK’s top crime awards, is joined by his wife Marisa Haetzman, a consultant anaesthetist, to discuss their co-authored crime series, set in the medical world of 1840s Edinburgh, under the pseudonym Ambrose Parry.

Chair: Doug Johnstone


2.15-3.15pm                                                                LIBRARY UPSTAIRS

Photographer Anna Deacon and journalist and author Vicky Allan’s books For the Love of Trees and Taking the Plunge: The Healing Power of Wild Swimming for Mind, Body and Soul show how time spent outdoors can help physical and mental wellbeing. They are in conversation with local GP, allotment enthusiast and wild swimmer Dr Rachel Harrison who is an advocate of the RSPB’s and Edinburgh GPs’ joint pilot scheme Nature Prescriptions. This initiative is giving GPs in five Edinburgh practices the opportunity to prescribe nature, where appropriate, as part of a patient’s treatment plan, connecting them with nature in ways that are personal, emotional and meaningful.


3.30-4.30pm                                                                     ONLINE EVENT

Peter Geoghegan, the well-known writer, journalist and broadcaster, talks about his recent, highly acclaimed book Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics.  According to the Observer, ‘This should be the most discussed political book of the year.  The subject could not be more urgent.’ 

Chair: Peter McColl

This event will be online: details will be available via the library and website nearer the time.


4.00-5.00pm                                                         LIBRARY UPSTAIRS

In 2002, still in her teens, Gemma Bromley was in a serious car accident in which she suffered a traumatic brain injury. Half a Head recounts her long journey of recovery. Gemma is in conversation with Edwin Jesudson, Consultant Rehabilitation Physician at Astley Ainslie Hospital, Edinburgh.


5.00-6.00pm                                                       LIBRARY DOWNSTAIRS

The queen of crime talks about her latest thriller, the first in her new series.  In the winter of discontent, Allie Burns and her fellow journalist Danny Sullivan, at the risk of making powerful enemies, are exposing the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland.

Chair: Louise Fairbairn

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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