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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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Shenandoah by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Life gets interesting when a mysterious group of exchange students unexpectedly arrive at school...

Be Here Now by Miguel Syjuco

It’s exciting to get to know your new kitchen and its appliances. The white promise of the stove-top. A microwave with unblistered buttons and walls still spatterless....

Of all the Faces in the World, Your Face by James Hopkin

Speak to me. Ok, if you can’t speak, then sing, whisper, moan or sigh! I know you can do it! You have been keeping me up at night with your curses and imprecations...

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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

From Vikings and Victorians to the First World War, this year's programme is packed with fantastic author events sure to inspire pupils of all ages...

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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...