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Storytelling at the Edinburgh Festivals

Andrew Marr at the Edinburgh Festivals with award-winning authors Pat Barker, Sjon and James Robertson, and singer-songwriter Karine Polwart.

Andrew Marr presents a special edition of Start the Week at the Edinburgh Festivals, weaving together ancient stories and contemporary fiction - from Scotland to Iceland via ancient Greece.

He speaks to award-winning writers Pat Barker, Sjón and James Robertson and the singer-songwriter Karine Polwart. Karine also performs live.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes

Pat Barker

Pat Barker is a novelist, best known for the Regeneration Trilogy based in WW1. Her new book, The Silence of the Girls, retells The Iliad from the perspective of one of the women.


Sjón is one of Iceland’s foremost writers. He has published numerous novels, poetry collections and song lyrics. His latest book is CoDex1962

James Robertson

James Robertson is a Scottish writer who has written in a number of different genres – historical fiction, realism, comedic surrealism. He also wrote a 365-word short story every day for a year.  His most recent novel is To Be Continued.

Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart is a multi-award winning Scottish songwriter and musician. Her previous album and theatre piece was Wind Resistance. In the autumn she will be touring her new album, Laws of Motion.

Karine peforms Young Man on a Mountain from her new album.


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Pat Barker
Interviewed Guest Sjon
Interviewed Guest James Robertson
Interviewed Guest Karine Polwart
Performer Karine Polwart
Producer Katy Hickman