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.

2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival

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Look, Listen & read

Andrew O'Hagan
Andrew O'Hagan

A magnificently intelligent essayist, novelist, critic, and a mesmerising speaker. Andrew O'Hagan talks to Magnus Linklater in this 2008 event about politics, Scotland and his …

Bill Paterson
Bill Paterson

Bill Paterson, one of Scotland's most renowned and best-loved actors, talks with Ruth Wishart about his much-awaited memoir Tales from the Back Green in this 2008 event. It'…

The art of elsewhere
The art of elsewhere by Ali Smith

I’ve been trying to go elsewhere all my life. Last year, I went all over the place.  I went to Greece, I went to France, I went to Holland, I went to Morocco, I went to…

Next Book Festival:
15-31 August 2015
Programme announced:
10 June
Tickets on sale:
23 June


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