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.
The 2016 Book Festival will take place from 13-29 August.
Full details of the programme, including authors, themes and events with BSL interpretation, will be announced here at noon on Thursday 9 June.
In the meantime, you can enjoy Festival photographs, listen to or download free podcasts of event recordings and watch exlusive interviews and Festival highlights from past Book Festivals here on our website, on our YouTube channel and on itunes.
2016 LandWords Festival. Part of Booked! The Edinburgh International Book Festival on the road
Look, Listen & read
Amid a slew of politicians’ memoirs in recent years, Alan Johnson’s This Boy was comfortably among the finest: one critic called it ‘the best political testament I’ve ever read’. Now the former Home Secretary returns with a sequel Please, Mister Postman, which takes a nostalgic journey back in time and paints a vivid picture of Britain in the 1970s. Watch his event, filmed live at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015…