Past Programmes

Have a look at the events and authors we have programmed in previous years by downloading past brochures.

2016 Public Programme

2016 Public Programme

2016 was a year of seismic change: an opportunity to rethink outmoded political systems and ideas. The Book Festival’s Imagine Better theme represented a conscious attempt to think about these changes as they happened: an opportunity to explore and debate the values that Scottish society will strive to uphold.

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2016 Schools Programme

2016 Schools Programme

In 2016, we asked schools audiences “Where will your imagination take you?” We had a wonderful cornucopia of writers, illustrators and performers from the UK and overseas, ready to inspire creativity and spark the imagination.

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2015 Public Programme

2015 Public Programme

In 2015, we set out on a voyage of discovery in search of some of the most engaging authors and vital ideas from across the planet. The authors featured were responsible for some of the most influential books of the year, and helped us make sense of a world whose tectonic plates of power and culture are shifting rapidly.

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2015 Schools Programme

2015 Schools Programme

In 2015, we focused on storytelling with an international twist, looking at the many ways in which stories can be told, re-told, re-invented, adapted, translated and shared across languages, cultures and time.

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2014 Public Programme

2014 Public Programme

In this landmark year which saw the commemoration of the beginning of the First World War, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Scotland’s independence referendum, ‘Let’s Talk’ was the invitation we extended to both authors and audience members alike…

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2014 Schools Programme

2014 Schools Programme

In 2014 school pupils from across Scotland joined us to learn about some lesser known heroes of the First World War, the Scottish Youth Parliament gave some timely advice to youngsters facing their first vote, while illustrators such as James Mayhew brought books to life for the younger children…

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2013 Public Programme

2013 Public Programme

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

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2013 Schools Programme

2013 Schools Programme

In our 30th year we celebrated in style. Lively events for youngsters included Julia Donaldson, Emma Dodd and Nick Sharratt, whilst older pupils were treated to weighty themes and engaging discussions with Phil Earle, Cat Clarke and Chris Higgins…

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2012 Public Programme

2012 Public Programme

2012 was a great year for new novels and a time for taking stock of what matters. Our programme responded to the need for reflection and discussion and celebrated the joy of great writing…

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2012 Schools Programme

2012 Schools Programme

For almost thirty years we’ve been encouraging and inspiring Scotland’s young readers and in 2012 we continued with the tradition with over 60 workshops, readings and book signings, each one a unique opportunity for young audiences to meet their favourite authors and talk about the books they love…

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2011 Public Programme

2011 Public Programme

If the Book Festival is a place for discussing major global issues it is also somewhere to savour the pure life-enhancing escape offored by books. Who better to crown the celebrations than one of Scotland's greatest lifing writers, Alasdair Gray…

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2011 Schools Programme

2011 Schools Programme

One of the best reasons to visit the Book Festival is that you get to meet favourite authors, such as David Almond, Nick Sharratt and Malorie Blackman, alongside new and emerging writers…

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2010 Public Programme

2010 Public Programme

Writers are fundamental to our understanding of the world: away from the barrage of instant news information, writers give a more subtle perspective on everything from complex economic issues to hilariously wayward relationships…

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2010 Schools Programme

2010 Schools Programme

The 2010 programme is simply bursting with fresh ideas and exciting authors, aswell as valuable and engaging activities which span the curriculum...

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2009 Public Programme

2009 Public Programme

The noise of passionate debate, the laughter of delighted audiences, and the expectant hush that falls over people who are caught by the spell of words and ideas. Yes, this is heaven...

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2009 Schools Programme

2009 Schools Programme

Engaging, inspiring, informative and influential – the authors and illustrators taking part in this year’s RBS Schools Programme are a unique collection of talents...

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2008 Public Programme

2008 Public Programme

Celebrate with us 25 years ago this summer, a few tents popped up among the trees in Charlotte Square Gardens and the Book Festival was born...

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2008 Schools Programme

2008 Schools Programme

Inside these pages you’ll find a selection of unparalleled events, specially designed to enthuse, engage and entertain your pupils...

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2007 Public Programme

2007 Public Programme

Exhilaration, imagination, inspiration – it is amazing what one green garden can contain...

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2007 Schools Programme

2007 Schools Programme

The RBS Schools Programme is an unmissable opportunity for your class to engage, interact, design, learn and play with the best and brightest in books today...

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2006 Public Programme

2006 Public Programme

Welcome to our enchanted garden. Some call the Book Festival the Second Enlightenment. Some call it seventeen days of fun and surprises...

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2006 Schools Programme

2006 Schools Programme

As always, we have put together a first-class programme of authors, from perennial favourites to rising talent, as well as fantastic interactive events and workshops...

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2005 Public Programme

2005 Public Programme

Welcome to a world of words and ideas: a world where minds spark like fireworks and the imagination takes flight...

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2005 Schools Programme

2005 Schools Programme

We are thrilled to bring you favourites such as Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo, as well as exciting new talent from the likes of Paul Bajoria, Cliff McNish and Hazel Marshall...

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2004 Public Programme

2004 Public Programme

Welcome to the 2004 Edinburgh International Book Festival Schools Programme – and our 21st birthday!

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2004 Schools Programme

2004 Schools Programme

Welcome to the 2004 Edinburgh International Book Festival Schools Programme – and our 21st birthday!

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