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 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.

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Casey Gerald talks to DeRay Mckesson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Casey Gerald talks to DeRay Mckesson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Called ‘extraordinary’ and ‘electrifying’ by Marlon James and Colm Tóibín, Texan writer Casey Gerald’s powerful memoir traces fault lines in American racial and masculi…

Mary Robinson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Mary Robinson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

While the realities of climate change are not always visible, the realisation that our grandchildren will live in troubled times can catalyse action. After becoming a grandmother, …

An Anti-Social Ride
An Anti-Social Ride by Lee Craigie

My life is not usual. By that I mean I don’t hold down a 9 to 5 job. I don’t have children. I don’t stay in the same place for long. I ride my bike…

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