In the culture sphere, August is synonymous with Edinburgh with artists, actors, musicians and comedians flocking to the city from all over the world to take part in the International Festival and its associated fringes. The Edinburgh International Book Festival, under the directorship of Nick Barley, lays claim to being one of the most international of all. Appropriately, Nick will be chairing the 2017 Man Booker International Prize.
The festival hosted a day of events focussing on translated fiction (with many more global authors taking part throughout the fortnight) the highlight of which was a number of events celebrating the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. These included a reading workshop on the winning book, The Vegetarian, a panel of the shortlisted translators and a discussion between Han Kang and Deborah Smith, author and translator winners of the prize. That evening, Man Booker International past, present and future was reflected in a dinner at Timberyard, one of Edinburgh's top gastronomic spots. Nick Barley had also been prescient in spotting many of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction's contenders, with six of the longlisted authors appearing at the festival, including Scots Graeme MacRae Burnet and A L Kennedy and Canadian Madeleine Thien.
The Man Booker Prize's intrepid podcast host has been visiting Edinburgh to capture some of the delights of the book festival, for the next in our award-winning podcast series. Charlotte Collins, the levitating translator of the Man Booker International shortlisted A Whole Life, appeared in a spread of pictures from the festival in The Guardian.