Welcome to the Book Festival

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

We welcome more than 800 authors in over 700 events 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 2017 Book Festival will take place from 12-28 August.

Full details of the programme, including authors, themes and events with BSL interpretation, will be announced here in June.

Request a brochure for the 2017 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.

2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival

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Val McDermid
Val McDermid

One of Scotland's great masters of the crime genre was welcomed back to the Book Festival by capacity audiences. Great chat and some more tales from the casebooks of Dr Tony Hi…

Mai Al-Nakib & Tom Barbash (2014 event)
Mai Al-Nakib & Tom Barbash (2014 event)

Our 2014 First Book Award-winner Kuwaiti author Mai Al-Nakib comes together in this event with bestselling San Francisco writer Tom Barbash to talk about their brilliant, moving sh…

Elsewhere, Far From Here
Elsewhere, Far From Here by Alberto Manguel

Ulysses turned his back on the harbour and followed a rough track leading through the woods and up to the hills towards the place where Athena had told him…

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