Learn Some Horrible History with Jack Wolf

August 3, 2013

As part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award Nominee series, I’ll be standing in for Abdulaziz Al-Mohmoud alongside novelist Jack Wolf as we go on an adventure with pirates, mad scientists and historical fiction. Fair warning: this might not be suitable for people from the past.

Horrible Histories with Jack Wolf


Wednesday 21, 3.30-4.30pm (£7/£5)

A notorious 19th century corsair practising piracy in the Gulf; and a talented 18th century science student, madman and deviant. What is the link between Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud’s The Corsair and Jack Wolf’s The Tale of Raw Head & Bloody Bones? Both are stunning historical novels that powerfully evoke the treachery – and the enlightenment – of their respective ages. A treat for fans of historical fiction. 

What: Horrible Histories with Jack Wolf

Where: Writers’ Retreat, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

When: Wednesday 21 August, 3.30-4.30pm

How Much: £7 / £5 conc.

Ryan Hosts Luke Wright and Michael Pedersen’s Pointing Fingers

August 1, 2013

On Friday night 16 August I’ll have the pleasure of hosting two much talked-about talented poets at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Join us for poems about love, booze and social commentary.

Hosting Luke Wright & Michael Pedersen: Poems Like Pointing Fingers

Friday 16 August, 8.30 – 9.30pm (£7/£5)

A new breed of poets is storming the spoken word scene and entertaining a generation for which Big Brother is a reality TV show as well as an Orwellian literary invention. Michael Pedersen, co-organiser of Edinburgh live poetry night Neu! Reekie! reads from Play with Me, while Essex-born Luke Wright, whose 5-star performances have wowed Fringe-goers, performs from his joyful new tome, Mondeo Man.

What: Luke Wright and Michael Pedersen at the EIBF.

Where: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.

When: Friday 16 August, 8.30-9.30pm

How Much: £7 / £5 conc.