Welcome to the Book Festival

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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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Robert Lewis (2013 event)
Robert Lewis (2013 event)

A decade ago, the death of Dr David Kelly shook the country and for a moment threatened to topple a Blair administration already reeling from dissent against the war in Iraq…

Hilary Mantel (2012 event)
Hilary Mantel (2012 event)

The first woman to win the Booker twice talks to James Runcie about her work in this event, recorded live at the 2012 Edinburgh Intenational Book Festival…

Puerto Galera
Puerto Galera by Jason Donald

Rudi’s Bar sold the cheapest San Miguel on Sabang beach. Their fried rice was half decent and the barmaid was perkier than a kiddies’ TV presenter…

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