Welcome to the Book Festival

A sunny day at the Book Festival

Rebecca Solnit

Monday 30 March 19:30 - 20:30

Meet and hear from one of America’s foremost essayists in an unmissable event perfect for anyone concerned with the state of the world and what we might do about it.

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 2020 Book Festival takes place from 15-31 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 11 June.

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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

Arundhati Roy with Nicola Sturgeon at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Arundhati Roy with Nicola Sturgeon at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

What did Arundhati Roy do between the publication of her Booker-winning debut The God of Small Things in 1997 and her extraordinary follow-up, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness two …

Venki Ramakrishnan at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Venki Ramakrishnan at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Joint winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Venki Ramakrishnan’s work has gone past the whys and wherefores of DNA and on to the ribosome, the structure which helps decod…

Take Route Six to the Ocean
Take Route Six to the Ocean by Amy Bloom

Provincetown is a small town on a sand-bar in Massachusetts. On one side is the harbor, on the other side the dunes and the ocean…

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