Travel Inspiration At Edinburgh International Book Festival-Part 1

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is a wealth of knowledge, both relaxing and entertaining hub located at Charlotte Square for two weeks held annually in August.  This year was no different! Here are some of the key events, speakers and books to look out for.

Imagine Better -EdinburghBookFestival2016©MDHarding
Imagine Better – Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016 ©MDHarding

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Travel Inspirations

Pilgrimer – Joni’s Journeys Reimagined

Pilgrimer is a performance that re-imagines Joni Mitchell’s classic 1976 album Hejira, placing it’s themes of migration, freedom and loneliness in both Scots language and a Scottish setting. A highlight from this years Celtic Connections held in January. Coming together again for the Edinburgh International Book Festival in a special event of readings and music, the project’s creators – novelist James Robertson, musicians Karine Polwart and Steven Polwart, and Celtic Connections’ Donald Shaw – gave a unique insight into re-imagining Mitchell’s poetry and music in 21st century Scotland. The event featured songs from celebrated Scottish folk singer, Rod Paterson.

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Callanish Stones ©MDHarding
Callanish Stones ©MDHarding

Bruce Gilkison – In the Footsteps of James Hogg

Discover the 19th century writer James Hogg through his great great grandson Bruce Gilkison, as he retraces his steps, on a series of walks from the Scottish Borders to the Highlands and the Hebrides.  James Hogg was discovered for his writing by none other that Sir Walter Scott.

The snowy peaks of the Scottish Highlands Scotland
The snowy peaks of the Scottish Highlands ©MDHarding

The View from Castle Rock

The View from Castle Rock is supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and is also part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Following daily performances during the Book Festival at art Space at St Marks in Castle Terrace, The View from Castle Rock will tour to the Borders including the Ettrick Valley, home of Munro’s ancestors who were related to James Hogg. The tour will take in Peebles, Hawick, Ettrickbridge and Galashiels from 31 August to 3 September as part of Booked!; Edinburgh International Book Festival on the road which is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and the Borders Live Touring scheme.  

Scottish Borders Scotland
Scottish Borders ©MDHarding

Alastair McIntosh – The Mysteries of the Outer Hebrides

Alastair McIntosh takes a pilgrimage from the most southerly tip of Harris to the northerly Butt of Lewis resulting in a meditation on the extraordinary islands and their people. Discover more in Poachers’ Pilgrimage, the new book by Alastair McIntosh on his native Outer Hebrides.

Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides Scotland
Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides ©MDHarding

Julia Farley & Fraser Hunter – New Truths About the Celts

Discover Celtic Art from Scotland, Wales and Ireland spanning across many centuries being exhibited for the first time, as part of a major touring exhibition from the British Museum to the National Museum of Scotland. Did you know that although there were Celtic Language and cultural similarities between the people born in the Iron Age that lived in Medieval Europe, the ethnic, linguistic and cultural factors still remain uncertain and controversial? On sale is the accompanying photographic book including images of the Gundestrup Cauldron 150-50BC, on display for the first time from the National Museum of Denmark.

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Hunterston Brooch, Scotland, c. AD 700. Image credit: © National Museums Scotland
Hunterston Brooch, Scotland, c. AD 700.  ©National Museums Scotland

Imagination is everything, it is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein

Traveling or taking a journey can take many forms. I hope I have inspired you to journey to some place new, within or on our beautiful planet. Happy Travels:) x

There is a wide variety of accommodation in Scotland available from lighthouses to cosy bed and breakfasts, or perhaps you might like to explore in a Edinburgh motorhome rental.

Thank you to Edinburgh International Book Festival and National Museums Scotland.

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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