Raymond Burke: The Metaphoric Table

The Metaphoric Table – a **** Edinburgh Fringe show - is a literary version of science's Periodic table. Big words, bad words and big bad words.  What links the Sex Pistols to Shakespeare?  Or Tennyson to Trump?  Learn the secrets of literary devices in this educational, comic presentation of The Metaphoric Table by its creator, Raymond Burke. Synaesthesia, synecdoche and several silly stories in the most academically pretentious show you'll ever experience. A must-see for readers, writers, students and all lovers of literature.

10.00 - 11.00  Mill on the Fleet  £8 incl coffee/tea & cake 

Karen Campbell: The Sound of the Hours

Buffaloes in Barga - Galloway author Karen Campbell returns to Big Lit to talk about her latest book 'The Sound of the Hours'.  A historical novel set in Barga - Italy's most Scottish town- the book tells the story of a Scots-Italian family caught up in World War Two, and the segregated US Buffalo soldiers who helped liberate them.   

“An ambitious novel, and one of rare scope and understanding”  Alan Massie, The Scotsman.

‘It’s a novel to get lost in – one that transports you to another time and place, and you cannot help but become involved and emotionally invested with the lives of those who live there. It’s also a timely reminder that any discussion about the best contemporary Scottish novelists should include Karen Campbell’. Alistair Braidwood: The Best of Scottish Books

11.30 – 12.30  Mill on the Fleet  £8

Yvonne Ridley: Culture Clash: From Afghanistan to the Scottish Borders

British journalist Yvonne Ridley first came to prominence in 2001 after she was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and held for 11 days. She wrote a best seller about her terrifying experience but continued to report from some of Asia and the Middle East's conflict zones as well as covering humanitarian disasters.

Yvonne talks about the clash of cultures - including some hilarious and surprising anecdotes - her conversion to Islam, how she came to be living in the Scottish Borders and how the idea for her historical trilogy, The Caledonian’s came about. The first book was published in January by Austin Macauley.

1.30 – 2.30  Mill on the Fleet  £5

Alan Bissett: Inside the Mind of Robert Burns

Following on from the controversial BBC documentary which he presented earlier this year, Alan Bissett will be talking about the complex and contradictory psychological elements which made up Scotland’s bard.  The mythologising of Robert Burns, Bissett argues, has overtaken the reality of him, as a flawed, sometimes selfish and other times vulnerable human being, whose genius and political radicalism often stood in stark contrast to his ability to cause chaos in his personal relationships

‘Robert Burns as a human being rather than as symbol of Scottishness or masculinity or radicalism…So we’re going to illustrate the different sides of Robert Burns – the good and the bad!’ Alan Bissett

3.00 - 4.00  Mill on the Fleet  £8.00


A Dove Tales Event: Bridges or Walls

As the Middle East continues to be ravaged by conflict, Dove Tales peace charity features Iyad Hayatleh, a Palestinian poet and translator who grew up in a Syrian refugee camp, in conversation with Jean Rafferty. Based in Glasgow since 2000, Iyad has published work in Arabic and given readings in the UK including at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. Books include Beyond All Measure ( Survivors Press 2007) and a two-way translation project, A Rug of a Thousand Colours (Luath, 2012) with the late Tessa Ransford inspired by the Five Pillars of Islam.

Followed by readings from contributors to Dove Tale’s 2019 anthology, Bridges or Walls.

4.30 – 5.30  Mill on the Fleet  Donations


For nearly twenty years, Alan Bissett – award-winning playwright and novelist from bonny Falkirk – has been gracing Scottish stages with his unique blend of wit, patter and performance, from the sugar-rush of his debut novel Boyracers to his classic ‘one-woman show’ The Moira Monologues and the shape-shifting strangeness of The Red Hourglass, in which he played several different species of spider.  Now he brings all these elements of his long career together in one show, part stand-up, part storytelling, part literature.  “It’s almost impossible for Bissett not to be funny” – British Theatre Guide

8.00 – 9.00  Mill on the Fleet  £10.00