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.

A special edition of the Edinburgh International Book Festival will take place online this summer from 15-31 August 2020. Programme details will be announced at the end of July. Sign up for our ebulletins or follow us on social media to hear announcements and updates. All events are free and available to watch on our website.

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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Christopher Brookmyre at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Christopher Brookmyre at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Sixteen years on from the death of young Niamh on a holiday in Portugal, the glamorous Temple clan hold a fateful family reunion in Fallen Angel, Chris Brookmyre’s new standalone…

Prue Leith at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Prue Leith at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

If The Great British Bake Off is your first encounter with Prue Leith, you’ve missed a great deal. Founder of Leith’s School of Food and Wine, restaurateur, journalist, novelis…

Another Country
Another Country by Margo Lanagan

‘Can you take me to Anna’s tonight?’ He stands in the kitchen doorway. His look says, Not that I care or anything. That terrible hair all the boys have right now, it makes them look as if they’ve just come in from a howling windst…

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