Welcome to the Book Festival
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.
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
Look, Listen & read
With The Blade Artist, Irvine Welsh returns to the vicious Trainspotting character who's emerged as the best reflection of our angry times. Robert Carlyle, who memorably played Begbie in the iconic movie, claims that 'small psychos are the best', and his characterisation is a case in point. In Irvine Welsh's latest novel, the hard-man has taken on a new persona as an artist in cosy California. In this event, filmed live at the 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival, he discusses his work with Brian Tayl…