Portobello Book Festival 2022 – Saturday 1st October – afternoon events

STRONG BEGINNINGS

1.30-2.30pm                                                                   LIBRARY UPSTAIRS

Caron McKinlay (The Storytellers) and Elissa Soave (Ginger and Me) speak about the joys and challenges of publishing their debut novels in 2022.

In The Storytellers three women trapped in the afterlife are forced to revisit their toxic pasts to answer the ultimate question What is love?

In Ginger and Me everything changes when Wendy meets Ginger in this part coming of age and part mystery thriller.

Chair: Paul Hudson

DANGER ZONES

3.00-4.00pm                                                                        LIBRARY UPSTAIRS

Author Mark Fleming discusses his new book 1976: Growing Up Bipolar, a disturbing but life-affirming memoir. From playing gigs and recording an album and BBC radio session during Edinburgh’s electrifying post-punk scene to severe depression and locked psych wards, he describes how music has soundtracked the highs and lows of his life. 

Chair: Bill Jameson

THE PUNK ROCK POLITICS OF JOE STRUMMER: RADICALISM, RESISTANCE AND REBELLION

4.15-5.15pm                                                                     LIBRARY UPSTAIRS

Gregor Gall, Visiting Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Leeds and the editor of Scottish Left Review, draws on Joe Strummer’s lyrics, bootleg recordings, interviews and testimony from over 100 followers, to take the reader on a journey through the political influences and motivations that defined one of the UK’s greatest punk icons and produced a lasting legacy of progressive politics.

Chair: Joe Herzberg, drummer and Clash fan

DR GAVIN FRANCIS AND PROFESSOR DEVI SRIDHAR

5.30-7.00pm                                                            LIBRARY DOWNSTAIRS

Edinburgh GP, Dr Gavin Francis’s 7th book Recovery, the Lost Art of Convalescence is not only a useful practical guide, but also an uplifting meditation on hope and healing. World-leading expert on global health, Professor Devi Sridhar’s book Preventable: How a Pandemic Changed the World and How to Stop the Next One, tells the extraordinary story of Covid-19 and how global politics shape our health.

Chair: Stewart Mercer, Professor of Primary Care and Multimorbidity, Edinburgh University

Tickets for all events are available from Portobello Library
Books available from The Portobello Bookshop

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