Alan Little to become Chair of Edinburgh Book Festival Board

The Chair of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Lady Susan Rice has announced that she will be stepping down in October 2015 after 14 years in the position. Alan Little BBC Special Correspondent will take over the position from her.   Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival said “Under Susan Rice’s exemplary More...

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By Mike Smith On Monday, June 29th, 2015
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Review – Colin Cloud Kills

I have seen Colin Cloud before. So when I heard the forensic mind reader extraordinaire was back  Edinburgh, I just had to go and see him again. Appearing at Summerhall, a throw of a blindfold away from Edinburgh’s More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Monday, June 29th, 2015
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EIFF 2015: Our Top Five

Last night signaled the end of the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s 69th year. The first with film critic Mark Adams at the helm, the festival seemed to be a stable, accessible success with a rare, More...

By Elaine Downs On Monday, June 29th, 2015
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DVD review – Fringe Favourites “Festival of the Spoken Nerd”

The Holy Grail of the Edinburgh Fringe is to ‘discover’ a little known act before they become a household name. In 2011 I had one of those wonderful Fringe moments of experiencing a truly original, fresh, funny, More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Sunday, June 28th, 2015
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EIFF 2015: Iona (Scott Graham, 2015)

When Iona and her son make the journey through the night from her Glasgow family home to the sand swept sights of the Scottish isles, barely a word is said. There’s a power in this silence that says so much; More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Saturday, June 27th, 2015
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EIFF 2015: Narcopolis (Justin Trefgarne, 2014)

In 2024, a copper walks the streets of London fighting crime following the legalisation of all types of recreational drugs. But, when he is removed from a case in which he tries to identify an unclaimed corpse, More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Friday, June 26th, 2015
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Edinburgh Festival Carnival on its way next month

The fourth Edinburgh Festival Carnival is limbering up for its biggest – and brightest – year yet! The parade will begin the festivities on 19 July, leading 700 Carnival performers from the top of the Mound More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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EIFF 2015: Tu dors Nicole (Stéphane Lafleur, 2014)

It’s been ages since Nicole had the house to herself. Now, with her parents away on vacation she’s decided to spend the summer lazing around aimlessly with her best friend. Things couldn’t be More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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EIFF 2015: Chicken (Joe Stephenson, 2015)

For a debut film, there is a seriously impressive understanding of its characters that helps keep Chicken firmly on its feet. The directorial debut of young Joe Stephenson, it offers a striking look at how broken More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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EIFF 2015: Dope (Rick Famuyiwa, 2015)

Ahh, the teen comedy. An over-saturated movie genre with every one trying its hardest to become the best. You often find that term ‘teen cult classic’ thrown around a little frivolously. In actual fact, More...