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Saturday 1 March

What we did last year: the official Book Festival Annual Review

Our thirtieth anniversary year brought sunshine and success to Charlotte Square Gardens.

Wednesday 5 February

Young Scottish poets urged to enter exciting new competition

3 March deadline for new Edwin Morgan Poetry Award

Wednesday 23 October

Home-grown talent finds First Book Award success

Edinburgh’s Angela Jackson wins award for stunning debut novel

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New Writing

We have commissioned 50 authors to write short stories or essays, all on the theme of ‘Elsewhere’. Leading writers from across the world have each produced new writing for you to read here, exclusively on our website. Podcasts of the authors reading their work are also available.

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Other Times, Other Places by Joan Lingard

We go into our room. We do not speak of our day in the country, of our lunchtime visit to the collective farm, or the house where my husband lived as a child. We have been warned. Remember, one cannot be too careful.

Brook Crooks by Keith Gray

They’d built this massive gate.  And the first thing I thought was, Who’d want to break into Brook High? 

Sassuolo by Eleanor Thom

The name, Sassuolo, made me think of holes, cheese full of holes. I never saw any holes, but they must have had to dig somewhere because they needed clay...

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2013 brochure

2013 Programme

The 2013 Edinburgh International Book Festival celebrated an astonishing generation of literary talent and marked 30 years since its humble beginnings...

The 2014 programme will be available here in June.

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Baillie Gifford Schools Programme 2014

The 2014 Baillie Gifford Schools Programme will be available here mid April. Request a copy via


Joe Sacco & Chris Ware (2013 event)

For the first time, two of the world’s best graphic novelists, Joe......

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Chris Ware (2013 event)

In Chris Ware’s first appearance at the Book Festival he discussed......

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UNBOUND: Literary Death Match

Four writers used words as weapons in a fight to the literary death. Host Todd Zuniga returned to Edinburgh from New York for the 160th anniversary...