Book Festival to live stream top events

Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced plans to live-stream some of the key events at this year's festival, in collaboration with BBC Arts.


The Festival (15-31 August) will offer ten live video streams, which will also be available to view on demand via BBC Arts Online

The streams will cover some of the Festival's flagship sessions, including a talk by the American civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson, a conversation between the Diamond Dagger winning crime writer Val McDermid and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and an introduction to Scots comedian Limmy’s new book. 

Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said: 

We are delighted to be working with BBC Arts again this year.   We live-streamed George R R Martin’s talk in 2014 which received a fantastic response and are very much looking forward to enabling so many of our outstanding speakers to reach an audience outside Charlotte Square Gardens.

Live-Streamed Events:

Alan Johnson - Friday 21 August 6.45pm - 7.45pm
George The Poet - Friday 21 August 8.15pm - 9.15pm
Howard Jacobson - Saturday 22 August 11.45am - 12.45pm
A C Grayling - Saturday 22 August 3.15pm - 4.15pm
Reverend Jesse Jackson - Saturday 22 August 8.15pm - 9.15pm
Limmy - Saturday 22 August 9.45pm - 10.45pm
Michael Frayn - Wednesday 26 August 3.15pm - 4.15pm
Liz Lochhead - Wednesday 26 August 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Val McDermid with Nicola Sturgeon - Wednesday 26 August 6.45pm - 7.45pm
Richard Coles - Wednesday 26 August 8.15pm - 9.15pm

In addition, journalist Kirsty Wark will chair a special Edinburgh International Book Festival event on Saturday 15 August, which will also be live-streamed.  Wark will be joined by leading Scottish authors Maggie O’Farrell, Jackie Kay and poet Rachel McCrum at the BBC's Potterrow venue. 

Peter Maniura, Head of Digital Development, BBC Arts, said:

Through this year’s greatly expanded collaboration with the Edinburgh International Book Festival, audiences nationally and internationally will get a chance to sample some of the wonderful events and contributors at this wide-ranging and always stimulating festival.

There will also be audio coverage of a further 10 events, from which recordings will be made available to listen online. These events will include a selection of the Festival's large programme of international authors, Israel’s Etgar Keret, Republic of Congo’s Alain Mabanckou, Denmark’s Dorthe Nors and Mexico’s Gabriel Orozco. Also featured will be debut novelists including Bill Clegg and Claire Fuller and 2015 Man Booker Prize  nominee, Chigozie Obioma

All events from the 2015 Edinburgh International Book Festival to be live-streamed can be watched via BBC Arts. Selected sessions will be available to view for 30 days on BBC iPlayer.  

Visit our Edinburgh International Book Festival page, for further information on the festival, plus links to view the programme, book tickets and more.

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