Navigate your way through the myriad opportunities at the Book Festival with this handy, we hope, week planner. All events are at Charlotte Square Gardens and the box office

Claire bowie The radical performer injects life into the staid world of book readings. That's the aim. any road. See preview. 8.30pm. £8 ( £6).

Stella reveals the secrets of her secretive trade. Wonder if she's got the 24 series

three DVD box set. See preview. I .30pm. £7 (£5 ).

George Galloway The gorgeously awkward gent fights back with more

topic of literary pursuance: mumbo

jumbo. See preview. 8.30pm, £8 (£6).

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Adam Thorpe A trio of poetic licence holders gather for a spot of rhyme and reason. See Alan Spence Top 5.

IO. 30am. £7 (£5 ).

Roy Creenslade a John Lloyd Newspapers are rubbish. aren't they? Two veterans of the trade debate over the

anti-Blair probings. See preview. 3pm. £7 (£5).

Alan Hoiiinghum The Swimming Pool Library is the Booker-nominated author‘s latest foray into social mores and the like. Dip in. As the publicity

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AL Kennedy With her forthcoming Paradise. the revered Alison will cement her rep as one of the finest writers in Britain today. See Festival View. 10.30am. £7 (£5).

Louis de Bernieres The boy who plucked at our heartstrings on Captain Corelli's Mandolin is back causing a flap with Birds Without Wings. See preview. ll.30am. £7 (£5).

liarl Kunzru a David Mitchell Two of the sharpest new quills in the business get together with Kunzru having caused a stink with the financial benefits he reaped on his debut. while Mitchell is being strongly tipped to win a Booker one of these days. 12.30pm. £7 ( £5).

Melvyn Bragg Everyone‘s favourite nasally arts pioneer brings us all down to earth with a look at how English has done really well as a language. 3pm. £7 (£5 ).

Tony Parsons He may wear some pretty gaudy socks these days (check out the next time he‘s on the end of a couch on the telly) but Julie Burchill‘s ex won‘t give two hoots. now that he‘s a bestselling author with cheeky charm. See preview. 4.30pm. £7 (£5).

Rob Penn Ever wondered how we must look to other people? Manxman Penn wrote a devastating account of the Celtic peoples and their odd customs earlier this year and he might even step out in a kilt for this gig. See preview. 7.30pm, £5 (£3).

Alexander McCall Smith lrvine Welsh‘s favourite author (satire. eh?) brings a rare avuncular charm to the Gardens. 8pm, £8 (£6).

Sophie Cooke a Colette Paul Two of the country's most promising scribes collaborate with readings from, respectively. The Glasshouse and Whoever You Choose to Love. See preview for Colette Paul. 8.30pm, £8 (£6).


JK Rowling It’s her first appearance in Embra for four years and there‘s almost little chance of anyone under the age of 12 seeing it. 9am. Tickets balloted.

Doris Leasing The veteran of approximately 246 books brings us some wisdom from The Grandmothers. her latest epic. 11.300m. £7 (£5 ).

Richard Eyre With his latest movie Stage Beauty showing at the Film Festival. Dickie talks about ‘the theatre’. 3pm, £7 (£5 ).

Candace Allen The author of the excellent jazz tale Valaida blows words our way. See preview. 3.30pm. £ 7 (£5 ). Open Mind What has happened to South Africa after a decade of change? The first of the Open Mind gigs asks that very question. See preview. 7.30pm. £8 (£6).

Scotland and Latvia At first glance. there can‘t be much in common with these two nations‘ literary heritages. Maybe you‘d be wrong. 7.30pm. £5 (£3).

Tony Benn The grand old chap of British political life huffs and puffs with more anti-mediocre rhetoric. See preview. 11.30am. £7 (£5 ).

Manda Scott Glasgow vet and ancient historical novelist discusses whatever she wants. really. 2.30pm. £7 (£5 ).

Janet Street-Porter Giving the Book Festival some bite is Dame Janet with more musings on her dark Childhood. 3pm. £7 ([5).

Lynne Franks Don‘t mention Ab Fab. OK? Just don‘t. See feature. 6.30pm, £8 (£6).

Alexander McCall Smith See Saturday 14. 8pm. £8 (£6).

Liza Marklund s Denise Mina The Scandic Marklund meets Scotia Mina for a warm chat about crime and

stuff. 8.30pm. £8 (£6).

Stella Himington Once upon a time. they may have burnt her at the stake. but now the authorities can only look on as

Hari Kunzru checks in on Saturday 14

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machinists might say. 4.30pm, £7 (£5). Jon Ronson a Nick Ryan The satirical and the serious come together as two likeminds (they can't stand extremists) collaborate (oops. wrong word) with a chat about the neo- nasties. Our beloved List leader Nick Barley will host the rally (whoops again. wrong word). See preview. 5pm. £7 (£5).

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstaii Everyone‘s favourite doubie-barrelled celeb chef (except for the Antony Worrall-Thompson brigade) cuts a dash (and a few innards) in support of his latest book on meat. See Top 5. 6.30pm. £8 (£6).

Charlie Connolly Having wittily discussed Lichtenstein‘s football fortunes. CC turns his amusing gaze upon the shipping forecast. How does he do it. you must wonder? 7.30pm. £5 (£3).

Francis Wheen What’s Francis Wheen‘s favourite Disney film: Dumbo? Maybe. But we assume this only because it happens to rhyme with his current


state of the British press. Noon. £7 ([5). Peter Blskind Robert Redford and the Weinsteins should cancel their tickets for this event now. as they are likely not to enjoy what they will hear. Stephen Soderbergh. though. can invite his mum. See preview. 2pm. £7 (£5 ).

Andrew O’Hagan Partner of India Knight. oft-Neti'snigh! Reviewer and journo of note. ()‘Hagan even manages to squeeze out the odd book or two. Personality is his most recent. See Last Words. 3.30pm. £7 ( £5).

Kathy Lotte Men can look away now. The enthused scriber of the pun-happy Foetal Attraction and Altar Ego has got bad news for the guys. See Top 5. 6.30pm. £8 (£6).

Mark Haddon The Whitbread winner is one of the happiest recent literary stories as he romped to glory with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. May well be safe to bring your kids if they're still up. See preview. 7pm. £8 (£6).

Jenny Diski She loves a good book name does our Jenny: A View front the Bed and Other Observations. Stranger on a Train: Daydreaming and Smoking Around America with Interruptions and Don ‘t are a mere trio of tasty tome titles. 8.30pm. £8 (£6).

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Sean O’Rellly s Colm Toibln A pair of the Emerald lsle's favourite sons gather for early moming musings on subjects which may vary from Henry James to Russian gangsters. Judging by their books. anyway. [0.30am. £7 (£5 ). AN Wilson How do the ups and downs of the Victorian era relate to us now? 11.30am. £7 (£5).

George Carey Ahead of all the swearing later on in the day. here's some sober karma from the ex-Archbish of Canterbury. 3pm. £7 (£5).

Jenny Colgan, Andrew O'iiagan, Colrn Toibin a Irvine Welsh Four top writers for the price of just one (or two. on a double bill) as they try to get a word in edgewise on the subject of travel. 4.30pm, £7 (£5).

David Baddlel He's not just a football philosopher. you know. He writes a good book or two. as his current effort The Secret Purposes ably proves. See preview. 6.30pm, £8 (£6).

irvine Welsh If you've manage to score a ticket for Baddiel. you can then head off to see another side of the fitba‘- loving coin with Sandy McCall Smith's favourite author. Not actually true. that last bit. 8pm. £8 (£6).

Cwendoline Riley a Helen Walsh Two more bright sparks light up the Book Festival night with a pair of cursory tales. Riley’s Sick Notes and Walsh's Brass. See Helen Walsh Q&A. 8.30pm. £8 (£6).