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 1000 authors in over 900 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.

The 2019 Book Festival will take place from 10-26 August.

Full details of the programme, including authors, themes and events with BSL interpretation and captioning will be available here from mid-June.

Request a brochure for the 2019 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.

Look, Listen & read

Robin Robertson (2018 Event)
Robin Robertson (2018 Event)

A renowned poet whose work often hauntingly evokes the lives of Scottish outsiders, and a mesmerising reader of his own work, Robin Robertson strikes out with a breathtaking new pr…

Rachel Kushner (2018 Event)
Rachel Kushner (2018 Event)

Rachel Kushner’s much-anticipated follow-up novel to the dazzlingly successful The Flamethrowers is The Mars Room, a fearless and brutally honest portrayal of Romy, a woman start…

Billie D
Billie D by Vivian French

At ten in the morning I leave my front door behind me. Have I got my key?…