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Edinburgh International Book Festival

From 11 to 27 August


Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Institut français is proud to support French writers coming to the Edinburgh International Book Festival each year. Truly international, the Book festival gives centre stage to recently translated books published in the English language, and is an exceptional occasion to hear writers, illustrators and translators talk about their work - often books also supported by Institut français translation grants. This year’s Book festival programme features a great line-up of French writers, including some of France’s most popular novelists, children’s authors, a professor of Middle East Studies, and an extraordinary rap artist.


Philippe Claudel

Writer and member of the Académie Goncourt, Philippe Claudel is also an award-winning filmmaker. Brodeck’s Report won the 2010 Independent Foreign Fiction Award. The Tree of the Toraja is published this year by MacLehose Press in a translation by Euan Cameron.

Philippe Claudel & Daniel Mella - Tue 14 Aug 10:15 - 11:15 The Spiegeltent


Gaël Faye

French-Rwandan Gaël Faye is not only a writer but also a composer and rap artist in the pure hip hop tradition. He received the prestigious Victoires de la Musique Award in 2018. Small Country is his first novel, and was awarded the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens 2016.

Small Country - Sun 26 Aug 19:00 - 20:00 The Spiegeltent


Stéphane-Yves Barroux

Stéphane-Yves Barroux worked as an art director before working in children’s illustration and press cartoons. Where’s the Elephant was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2016. In 2018, Egmont is publishing How Many Trees?, as well as In the Mouth of the Wolf, combining Barroux’s stunning artwork with Michael Morpurgo’s superb storytelling.

Barroux: How Many Trees? - Sat 25 Aug 14:45 - 15:45 Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab
Barroux & Michael Morpurgo: War Force - Sun 26 Aug 10:00 - 11:00 Baillie Gifford Main Theatre


Clémentine Beauvais

Clémentine Beauvais is a French children’s author living in the UK. Her Piglettes won France’s biggest children’s book prize, the Prix Sorcières. Clémentine Beauvais has also translated Sarah Crossan’s One into French. Her last novel, In Paris with You, came out in 2018 in a translation by Sam Taylor.

Clémentine Beauvais on The Little Prince - Mon 20 Aug 11:00 - 12:30 Writer’s Retreat
Clémentine Beauvais & Katherine Webber: Friendship and First Loves - Mon 20 Aug 19:00 - 20:00 Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre


Jean-Pierre Filiu

Jean-Pierre Filiu, distinguished historian and specialist of Middle Eastern Studies at Sciences Po, has been working with graphic novelist and illustrator David B on the Best of Enemies series since 2012. The third tome of his graphic novel, exploring the history of relations between America and the Middle East, came out this year.

Jean-Pierre Filiu - Sat 25 Aug 19:00 - 20:00 Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

Institut Français Écosse 2018