Two of the events in this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival have been sponsored by the National Library of Scotland. The first of them, on Monday 19 August, has already sold out. The main theatre will be full when Lord Steel talks about the history, performance and behaviour of the Scottish Parliament. David Steel is well placed to discuss the first four years of devolution, having only recently stepped down as the parliament's presiding officer, a post he had held since 1999.
Our other event is a discussion about 'Edinburgh and the Enlightenment' with James Buchan, grandson of John Buchan and an award-winning novelist in his own right. During the Age of the Enlightenment, Edinburgh enjoyed a reputation as the intellectual centre of the Western world, the source of new ideas on culture and in philosophy and science. James Buchan will talk about his new book on the subject, Capital of the Mind, at the festival at 3pm on Tuesday 19. Tickets are priced £7 or £5 (concession); to book by phone, call the box office at: 0131 624 5050. Check on ticket availability at: www.edbookfest.co.uk
6 August 2003