2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival Highlights

It is becoming ever more important that we take care of ourselves and our wellbeing. The world is moving ever faster with more technology, the never-ending list that needed to be completed yesterday and the days have turned into months, months into years. Now the stark realisation has hit us that we are not getting any younger. The stresses and strains taking their toll on our mental health and wellbeing. Here are a few incredible stories and methods to inspire you to Carpe Diem (seize the day) from 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival.

2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018 ©MDHarding

2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival: Pondering And Wandering This Amazing Planet

Alastair McIntosh – Poacher’s Pilgrimage

There are times when we want to or should I say need to escape and what better way than to go on a walking pilgrimage. Alastair McIntosh takes us with him as his journeys on a walking pilgrimage of his childhood home on the beautiful Scottish Outer Hebrides.

Guy Stagg –  The Crossway

Some journeys take much longer than others both physically and mentally. Travel with Guy Stagg as he goes on a walking secular guest to find meaning and a pathway through his own mental health issues over the 5000 km from Canterbury to Jerusalem.

James Aldred – The Man Who Climbs Trees

Above the clouds has been said to be a completely different world! Join James the man who has climbed trees since a teenager and filmed segments for Sir David Attenborough’s celebrated TV programmes, as he takes us on a special and very different journey into the tree canopies.

Jonathan Dori – Around the World in 80 Trees

Discover how trees have played eye-opening roles throughout human history with Jonathan Dori. Incredible stories you don’t want to miss!

Matt Haig – Notes on a Nervous Planet

Depression and anxiety can be a dark world for those who suffer from it. Matt talks from his first-hand experience in this uplifting work, offering strategies to helps us worry less, sleep more and look after our mental health.

2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival. Notes on a Nervous Planet - Matt Haig
Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig At Edinburgh International Book Festival ©MDHarding

Bjorn Berge – Nowherelands

Looking for a history book with a difference? Discover 50 countries that once stood proud, that are no longer on the world map. Some lasting only a few weeks (Eastern Karelia), others half a century (Orange Free State). Some even as fanciful and almost mythical as the Dodo bird.

Dodo Bird Stamp Series
Dodo Bird Stamp Series ©MDHarding

2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival takes places annually in August. There is something for the whole family! Travelling to Edinburgh for the festivals in 2019? Please do book your accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment.  The city triples in population during this time.

I hope you have enjoyed reading and are inspired to dive deep into your own wellbeing journey. Whether that is in the comfort of your own home and reading one of these great books or/and on the path with nature, the sun in your face and sand between your toes. Happy Travels:) x

About MichelleDeansHarding

Website: http://WWW.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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