Welcome to the Book Festival

A sunny day at the Book Festival

Set in a specially created tented village in the heart of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh International Book Festival offers something for just about every age and interest, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion. 

The Book Festival welcomes around 900 authors from over 60 countries in more than 800 events for adults and children each year including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, comic creators, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

The 2019 Book Festival takes place from 10-26 August.

Full details of the programme, including authors, themes and events with BSL interpretation and captioning will be available here from 18.30 on Thursday 6 June.

Request a brochure for the 2019 Festival

In the meantime, you can enjoy Festival photographs, listen to or download free podcasts of event recordings and watch exclusive interviews and Festival highlights from past Book Festivals here on our website, on our YouTube channel and on itunes.

Look, Listen & read

Mark Walters with Pat Nevin at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mark Walters with Pat Nevin at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Footballer Mark Walters is remembered for his wing wizardry, but while he’s revered by the Rangers faithful who cheered him for four trophy-laden years, he also endured racist ch…

Fatima Bhutto at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Fatima Bhutto at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

In this event recorded live at the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival, we are thrilled to welcome back Fatima Bhutto to discuss her second novel The Runaways. Published aga…

Freedom
Freedom by Ade Adepitan

What is freedom? This is the first time I’ve thought about the meaning of the word, maybe because I’ve never had to worry about being free. I grew up in Plaistow in East London. My family didn’t have much money but as long as I didn’t break any l…

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