Conference commentary

From 17th to 21st August the Edinburgh International Book Festival (nothing to do with us!)  is holding a World Writers Conference.

Go to the Conference website to find out more 

It mirrors a conference held in 1962 and mirrors some of the themes, updating them for today.  50 of the most ‘acclaimed’ writers will be attending the World Writers Conference as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival over a five day period.  We couldn’t compete with that. And we do encourage you to go and share in that debate. If you can’t make it there you can follow it streamed online  from  3pm -5pmevery day. Because it’s free and because we can stay home to watch, we’ll all be there and we hope you will too.

PLEASE NOTE THAT DURING THESE 5 DAYS SOME OF OUR OWN FESTIVAL ITEMS WILL NOT RUN.

We know that’ll mean that our festival is abandoned for the afternoon. That’s okay. But we’ve got something for you before you head over there. Something to make you laugh (hopefully) and think (hopefully) about the issues under discussion.

There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about culture and the ‘digital masses’. It has provoked heady and heated debate. Here at the indie ebook festival if sides are drawn between the cultural elite and the digital masses we fall firmly on the side of the digital masses. The ordinary people. That’s you and me (or maybe not you, but certainly me)

And what we did is go to the people.  We have sourced a rare example of cultural activity in the primary school – and offer it up to you here for your edification and enjoyment. From Friday onwards for the duration of the Conference the epublishing sensation that is Jack MacRoary will welcome you to Tales from TattyBogle at 12.30pm. ( We introduce Jack – The Bard of DrumTumshie) MacRoary in the Extras @ 8 section on Thursday.