31 August 2023

Edinburgh International
TV Festival and Book Festival

The ILP team recently had a fantastic time up in Scotland attending both the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Events attended at the Book Festival included:

An enlightening panel chaired by Peggy Hughes (Hon FRSL), discussing the suspicious, strange and curious incidents that act as the foundation of and parallels between Sarah Bernstein’s ‘Study for Obedience’ and Sophie Mackintosh’s ‘Cursed Bread’.

Kim Sherwood in conversation with Jenny Brown, delving into the story behind Sherwood’s brilliant novel ‘A Wild and True Relation’, a swashbuckling historical adventure tale that was 14 years in the making. Sherwood also revealed that she is a big fan of ILP author Georgette Heyer, naming her as one of the world’s wittiest authors (we agree wholeheartedly!)

Exploring the thrill of the unexplained with crime-writing duo, Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman, known as their pen name Ambrose Parry. Chaired by Mary Paulson-Ellis, this session was a thoroughly enjoyable immersion into Victorian Edinburgh’s underworld.

At the Edinburgh International Television Festival, we enjoyed the many opportunities to hear writers and creators discussing their work.

Irvine Welsh reflected on adapting Crime for ITVX and Nicôle Lecky and Richard Gadd shared their unique experience of adapting their own work for screen. Sally Wainwright in Conversation with Adrian Chiles explored both her own original work as well as her approach to adaptation, and Jesse Armstrong in Conversation with Marina Hyde focused on his original ideas – as well as the writing room culture he nurtures.

Meanwhile, in a special BBC Studios-sponsored session, writer and director Kaamil Shah was joined by comedy executives Morwenna Gordon, Josh Cole, Nana Hughes and Tanya Qureshi to discuss What’s Next for British Comedy?