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Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival returns to Charlotte Square Gardens and George Street from 10 - 26 August with events for both adults and children. 

The festival will welcome the most renowned writers, poets, illustrators, politicians, journalists, historians, scientists, philosophers and playwrights from all over the globe for one for the world's biggest celebrations of the written word.

While the majority of the Book Festival's events are ticketed, entry into the Charlotte Square Gardens is free and open to everyone, if you simply want to relax and soak up the atmosphere or browse in the Festival's bookshops. 

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 Programme Highlights

Edinburgh International Book Festival Inline

In an era of contradiction and division, the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival invites authors and audiences to find new stories to give meaning to the world. Stories are to society what DNA is to human life – small strings of information which become bound together to make up a shared understanding of humanity’s place in the world. 

The 2019 programme brings together writers from all over the world for the most international gathering in the Festival’s history to participate in a series of conversations, debates, workshops and performances to champion their stories.

New voices at the Book Festival this year include award-winning Indian author, citizen and activist Arundhati Roy who makes her first appearance in Edinburgh in conversation with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Joining her in making their long-awaited debuts in Charlotte Square Gardens are two leading Australian novelists Thomas Keneally and YA writer Markus Zusak. 

From Indonesia the world-renowned poet, essayist and playwright Goenawan Mohamad comes to discuss his life and work and from France the Festival welcomes two writers shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize - Annie Ernaux and Mathias Énard.

Full details of the programme can be found at Tickets to all events go on sale at 8.30am on Tuesday 25 June 2019, online at, by phone on 0345 373 5888 or in person at the Box Office at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (on Tuesday 25 June only, thereafter at The Hub, Castlehill).

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