Welcome to the Book Festival

A sunny day at 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.

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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Joe Sacco & Chris Ware (2013 event)
Joe Sacco & Chris Ware (2013 event)

For the first time, two of the world’s best graphic novelists, Joe Sacco and Chris Ware, appeared together on stage to discuss their work and life as a cartoonists……

Joanna David - with Josephine Hart & Dan Stevens
Joanna David - with Josephine Hart & Dan Stevens

The poetry and life of Byron is examined by novelist and poetry evangelist Josephine Hart in this 2007 event. With readings by renowned actors of stage and screen, Joanna David and…

The Elsewhere Genie
The Elsewhere Genie by John Fardell

There was once an island which had only two inhabitants: an ogre, and his slave…