Winter Tales Book Festival

  • 03 December 2021 - 05 December 2021
  • New College, The University of Edinburgh

Illuminating stories of belief and spirituality are celebrated at Scotland’s first religious literary festival.

 Winter Tales Festival

Organised by the world-renowned School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, Winter Tales Book Festival is part of the celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of New College, the home of the School Divinity.

A festival of literature, religion and the imagination, visitors will be able to choose from more than 25 events with acclaimed writers and speakers, taking place in front of in-person audiences at New College.


Speakers include:

Award-winning author James Robertson will discuss the shifting role of religion in Scotland and beyond as part of a presentation on his latest novel, News of the Dead. 

The Revd Professor Ian Bradley, the author of more than forty books, will take guests on a light-hearted and informative exploration of Christmas carols.

Scottish author Val McDermid - who has sold over 17 million books and been translated into more than 40 languages – will be talking about the complex relationship between religion and crime writing.

Best-selling author Robert Harris will discuss portrayals of power, religion and politics in his work, including Fatherland, Enigma and the Cicero Trilogy.

Broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson will discuss her recent best-selling books, The Ninth Child, The Sealwoman’s Gift, Where Memories Go and how they illuminate elements of family life and faith.

Actor, comedian and writer, Miles Jupp will explore the complex and surprising relationship between religion, comedy and literature, as well as his new novel, History.

Some events are free; others are £10 or £5 for students.


The full programme and information on how to book is available on the Winter Tales Festival website



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