Pentlands Book Festival: James Crawford


James Crawford Goes Wild

Colinton resident James Crawford is a writer, publisher and broadcaster. Apart from his major works of non-fiction his writing has appeared in, among many others, TIME magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, LitHub, Slate and Flaunt Magazine.

He has written and presented three series of the BBC One landmark documentary series Scotland from the Sky, which was Shortlisted as ‘Best Factual Series’ at the Royal Television Society Awards Scotland.

His latest book is Wild History: Journeys Into Lost Scotland: traces of the past, perhaps marked by a tiny symbol on your map, but no plaques to explain their fading presence before you, nothing to account for what they once were – who made them, lived in them or abandoned them. Now they are merged with the landscape. They are being reclaimed by nature. They are wild history.

In this book James introduces many such places all over the country, from the ruins of prehistoric forts and ancient, arcane burial sites, to abandoned bothies and boathouses, and the derelict traces of old, faded industry.

  • Wednesday 15 November, 6:30pm
  • Colinton Library, 14 Thorburn Road, EH13 0BQ
  • Tickets free; please register
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Wednesday 15 Nov 2023
Colinton Library, Edinburgh. United Kingdom