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Go Around the World at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival

20 August 2015

Nestled in the idyllic Charlotte Square, the Edinburgh International Book Festival comes to the city every year with a huge variety of authors and events to cater for a wide range of literary tastes. 

This year explores the theme of 'Around the World', where the festival aims to transport you to some of the most far-flung corners of the globe in search of engaging authors and important ideas. Talk about translation, discuss the changes both here in the UK and further afield in the Middle East, and explore the current issues of human rights that affect us all globally. 

There are some fantastic events in 2015's schedule, but read on to discover some of our unmissable highlights... 

Ten at Ten

Edinburgh International Book Festival Writers Retreat

For those who want a bite-sized taste of the festival, Ten at Ten is a must. Kicking off the festival every day at 10am, you can join one of the festival authors at the Writer's Retreat, an intimate venue tucked at the back of Charlotte Square, for a quick reading of a passage or one of their short stories. The event is free to attend, but its recommended you secure yourself a ticket beforehand to guarantee a good seat! 

Reading Workshops

Edinburgh Intenational Book Festival Inside Writers Retreat

The Writer's Retreat also plays host to the festival's reading workshops, where leading authors offer unique insight into some of your favourite favourite books. Delve deeper into the craft of the writer works and get even more enjoyment out of your reading with these informative yet fun sessions. You don't need any prior knowledge to take part, so pop along and see what you can uncover! 

Jura Unbound

The Jura Unbound events are a break from the other conventional Book Festival events in the day. Taking place every evening at 9pm, this informal drop-in session will keep you entertained with word-play, music, laughs and much more besides. Grab a drink from the bar and sit back, relax in the festival's Spielgeltent to wind down from another day at the festival. You can find the line up for each evening on the Edinburgh International Book Festival website

The First Book Award

Edinburgh International Book Festival The Book Shop

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is a fantastic place to uncover new writers and works to fall in love with. It's also an excellent platform for new writers to gain recognition - as all the debut novels, novellas and short story collections are entered into the festival's First Book Award.

Cast your vote and play your part in uncovering tomorrow's literary powerhouses. There are 55 books included this year, and by casting your vote you could win every single book on the list. You can find out who is up for 2015 award here

Edinburgh International Book Festival Charlotte Sq

No matter what you are into, there is plenty to entertain all at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival. Even if you don't go to any of the events, simply going to Charlotte Square (which is usually closed to the public) and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere is the perfect way to spend a sunny August afternoon. 

The Edinburgh International Festival is on until 31st August, and entry to Charlotte Square Gardens is free. 

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