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In the first of two programmes Edi Stark hangs out at the Edinburgh International Book Festival site in Charlotte Square to get the inside scoop on the authors in town, what they are talking about and the audiences coming to see them.
She speaks to Rose McGowan about her memoir Brave, growing up in a cult and the backlash she has endured since speaking out against misogyny in Hollywood.
She meets with Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of Nelson and Winnie, and currently South Africa's Ambassador to Denmark, to find out about growing up in the shadow of such a great man and the impact it has had on her life and that of her children and grandchildren.
She also rubs shoulders with Damian Barr to get a taste of what to expect at one of his legendary literary salons and GP and author Gavin Francis tells her about his event To Change is Human.
She meets up with Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Thiong'o who is visiting the festival with his prison memoir Wrestling with the Devil. Freedom is a big theme of this year's festival so she catches up with Children and Education Programme Director Janet Smyth and Chair of the Board of Directors Allan Little to find out about the Freedom Papers, in which authors explore their own interpretations of freedom.
Edi Stark meets Rose McGowan and Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of Nelson Mandela.
Edi Stark visits the Edinburgh International Book Festival