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There are events for just about every age and interest at the Book Festival, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion. Around 1000 authors appear in over 800 events, including novelists, poets, scientists, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

Rachael Boast & J L Williams

River of Words

Tuesday 15 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Two of Britain's finest experimental poets seek to push the boundaries of their craft. Rachael Boast completes a project that the French Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud proposed, but never wrote: Void Studies, a series of poems written as musical etudes....

Live Poetry Lab

70 Years of Festival Memories

Wednesday 23 August 11:00am - 2:00pm

Drop in to see live writing from Jennifer Williams, our resident poet, or watch it unfold online as she weaves in your contributions. Her task is to create responses to people’s memories of the festivals in Edinburgh since they began 70 years ago....

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