Gaelic events at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Bringing over 800 authors to Edinburgh each year, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is a vibrant and inspiring festival for lovers of the written and spoke word – including the Gaelic language.

Gaelic events are always a key part of the Book Festival, and this year there are a number of Gaelic related topics and discussions.

On Saturday (August 16th) Gaelic writer Martin MacIntyre, along with Rhaeto-Romanic and German writer Arno Camenisch, will join acclaimed translator Daniel Hahn to discuss ‘telling stories in different languages’ in the event Major-Minor: Language and Nations.

In this age of globalisation as the English language has become increasingly dominant online and on the page, and the trio will discuss how, as an author writing in a different national and minority language, this dominance affects the writer’s ability to tell a story and find an audience.

And the following Saturday (August 23rd) two current stars of Gaelic literature – Martin MacIntyre and Duncan Gillies – will present a session that will amuse and energise in Gael-Lit with International Reach.

Martin’s latest books include a vibrant collection of short stories, ‘Cala Bendita’, tales whose settings range from Benbecula to Mallorca. Duncan was shortlisted for the Saltire Prize last year for ‘Blind Mary and Other Stories’; and, having been compared to Beckett, an exciting future lies ahead.

For more details on events or to book tickets, visit the Book Festival’s website at or call the box office on 0845 373 5888