Edinburgh International Book Festival

What could be better than curling up at home or in your back garden with a wonderful new book? Well, why not join an online audience for live and pre-recorded conversations featuring leading writers, poets and participants from around the world!

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Dates for 2022 TBC

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About the Edinburgh International Book Festival 

Founded in 1983, the Edinburgh International Book Festival began as a small collection of "meet the author" events in Charlotte Square.  Since then it has grown from strength to strength, with over 700 events taking place each year.

Book Festival Highlights

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Inspiring young minds

With the opportunity to delve deeper into some of their favourite books, this is a great way for families and school pupils to enjoy their day. With so many events bringing together authors and their young readers, this is arguably one of the world's best books and reading events for young people.

Reading workshops.

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! 

The First Book Award

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.

Top thinkers and world-beaters

Don't forget to save your spot on some of the most popular events with authors like Ian Rankin, Marian Keyes, Alexander McCall Smith, Val McDermid and Cassandra Clare. Alongside Booker-Prize winners and best-selling authors, past programmes have welcomed world-leaders, top-achievers, and even Hollywood superstarts to the Festival including Helena Bonham Carter, Allan Little, Tobias Menzies, and Ben Miller.

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No matter what you are into, there is plenty to entertain all the family at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Even if you don't go to any of the events, simply going along and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere is the perfect way to spend a sunny August afternoon!

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This page was created in collaboration with our friends at Festivals Edinburgh. Have a look at their website for more information on the fantastic festivals our city has to offer.

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