Learning lies at the heart of everything we do. We aim to foster a love of books, words and reading, and inspire people of all backgrounds and ages to explore new ideas and expand their horizons.

Events for schools

Our popular Baillie Gifford Schools Programme runs alongside the main Book Festival in August. Each year we welcome over 10,000 pupils of all ages and their teachers to Charlotte Square Gardens to enjoy author events and workshops.


Events for education professionals

Taking place during the Book Festival in August, our Career-long Professional Learning events for teachers and education professionals are led by experts in the world of education.


Booked! Outreach

We understand that not everyone is able to come to Charlotte Square Gardens to enjoy the Book Festival in August, so we also host a variety of Booked! Outreach activities, taking live literature into communities across Scotland. These range from hour-long author events for school children to workshops and longer-scale projects for people of all ages.


Events for the public

Our public programme is educational too, and offers hundreds of events, workshops, debates and masterclasses to get grown-ups and children alike thinking and learning.


Book Festival Learning Blog

Our Book Festival Learning Blog is your place to find the Book Festival’s learning resources, including audio and video event recordings, activities and discussion points. There is also information on our learning events and projects, and opportunities to get involved.