Aug 172015
"I'm a servant of the book": David Mitchell at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

David Mitchell admitted to wanting to build “my own Middle Earth” while discussing the shared universe he’s created for his novels on Saturday night at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.  The event had the cautious title of Transports of Fictional Delight, which sounds like a tortured attempt to circumlocute science fictional implications, but as Mitchell himself […]

Aug 132015
We're at the 2015 Edinburgh International Book Festival!

Saturday 15th August sees the start of this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, the world’s largest public celebration of the written word.  Although the programme’s a little light on geek-friendly works and authors this year, your humble Geekzine will endeavour to bring you reports and reviews of some of the best that the festival has […]

Sep 092014
Haruki Murakami at the Edinburgh Book Festival

Haruki Murakami appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Saturday 23rd August in a special event to discuss his classic novel, The WInd-Up Bird Chronicle. On Sunday 24th August he appeared in another event, dedicated to his career, and his new book, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Intrepid Geekzine UK reporter, and […]

Sep 062013
Neil Gaiman: "Sandman was impossible....but none of us knew it!" (EIBF 2013)

As guest selector at the 2013 Edinburgh International Book Festival, celebrated fantasy author Neil Gaiman was the subject of no less than four events, each celebrating a different aspect of his literary work.  Geekzine’s final event of this venerable festival was the one at which he discussed his comic book masterpiece The Sandman, which originally […]

Aug 282013
Grant Morrison: "Dan Dare was a fascist!" (EIBF 2013)

Grant Morrison began his talk at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last Friday by praising another giant of the comics industry, namely writer/artist Bryan Talbot.  In particular, he insisted that Talbot deserves greater recognition for the early work he did on Near Myths, a “weird and trippy” sci-fi magazine published in Edinburgh in the late […]

Aug 262013
Paul Gravett's History of Comic Books (EIBF 2013)

Veteran comics editor Paul Gravett enthralled the audience at Edinburgh’s International Book Festival on Friday with his passionate presentation on the history of comic books.  Gravett, who recently edited the mammoth 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die compilation, appeared as part of the festival’s ‘Stripped‘ theme, and spoke of the amazing leaps and bounds […]