A fabulous free event – Jura Unbound – will take place at Edinburgh International Book Festival every evening between August 16-31, 2015.
Jura Unbound is at the Spiegeltent at Charlotte Square Gardens every evening from 9pm and features stories, antics and music from authors, poets, musicians and performer – and a free dram of single malt whisky!
“There’s a fantastic energy to Jura Unbound,” said Edinburgh International Book Festival Associate Programme Director Roland Gulliver. “It’s a free, late night literary experience, steeped in stories and capturing the fun of the festival. Each night offers something a little different, from intimate readings to quirky surprises – and there might be some dancing!”
Jura Unbound kicks off with a night of seductive international short stories on August 16. This evening will feature Denmark’s Dorthe Nors, author of Karate Chop; Ireland’s Mary Costello, who will be reading from her debut collection, The China Factory; USA’s Molly Antopol; and New Yorker David Gates, author of A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me.
Julia Donaldson will be staying up late
Famed for her children’s books, Julia Donaldson with her partner Malcom will be staying up late on August 20 to play folk songs from when they busked on the streets of Bristol while on August 28, three writers will read gritty stories of urban cities, street-fighting men and women.
Marlon James’ atmospheric A Brief History of Seven Killings tells of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley; Ryan Gattis’s visceral All Involved follows LA gangs after the ’92 riots; and Lisa McInerney’s mischievous The Glorious Heresies sees a group of misfits mishandling a murder.
A slice of Italy
On August 24, Jura Unbound has a slice of Italy with Dan Gunn’s Emperor of Ice Cream, which explores the lives, loves and betrayal of Italian immigrants in Edinburgh before World War II, and Massimo Bocchiola who is an acclaimed Italian writer and also translates Irvine Welsh’s works into Italian. They will be joined by Edinburgh-based Italian folk troop The Badwills.
Returning to Jura’s Scottish roots, on August 17, Colin Macintyre, aka Mull Historical Society, will be joined by Israeli author Etgar Keret and international musician and novelist John Darneille.
For the full Jura Unbound line-up, visit www.edbookfest.co.uk.