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, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

Browse the events list below or search the programme by theme, category, keyword, author or date.

2016 LandWords Festival. Part of Booked! The Edinburgh International Book Festival on the road

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William Nicholson (children's event)
William Nicholson (children's event)

A gifted and imaginative writer, William Nicholson returns to the Book Festival in 2005 with the first book in his new trilogy Seeker, an extraordinary adventure full of magic, glo…

Nate Silver (2013 event)
Nate Silver (2013 event)

Statistician, political forecaster and creator of the New York Times blog FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver shot to world fame when he predicted the outcome of all 50 states in the 2012…

Of all the Faces in the World, Your Face
Of all the Faces in the World, Your Face by James Hopkin

Speak to me. Ok, if you can’t speak, then sing, whisper, moan or sigh! I know you can do it! You have been keeping me up at night with your curses and imprecations…


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