Welcome to the Book Festival Online

A sunny day at the Book Festival
As we can't put on our usual 900+ event Festival in our lovely tented village in Charlotte Square Gardens, we've curated a special online edition. From 15-31 August, enjoy events for adults and children for free. Through the magic of technology, we’ll be crossing continents and time zones to beam events from more than 30 countries straight into your home. What’s more, you’ll be able chat with fellow Festival goers via digital chatrooms and take part in Q&A sessions, and you'll even be able to meet the author and get your books signed (selected events).
All events are free and available to watch here on our website. See events below, 'save your place' and we'll email you a reminder just before the event.


The next Edinburgh International Book Festival will take place from 14-30 August 2021. The programme will be announced in late June. Sign up for our ebulletins or follow us on social media to hear announcements and updates.

In the meantime, you can enjoy watching Festival events on the website, have a look at our Festival photographs, listen to or download free podcasts of event recordings and watch exclusive interviews and Festival highlights from past Book Festivals on our YouTube channel and your favourite podcast platforms.

Look, Listen & read

Ian Rankin: A Rebus for the Dark Times (2020 Event)
Ian Rankin: A Rebus for the Dark Times (2020 Event)

We have all become familiar with living through these strange times but for Ian Rankin 2020 was unusual in more ways than one. For starters, even though the number one bestselli…

 Anne Applebaum: Democracy Under Siege (2020 Event)
Anne Applebaum: Democracy Under Siege (2020 Event)

‘Given the right conditions, any society can turn against democracy. Indeed, if history is anything to go by, all of our societies eventually will.’ Pulitzer Prize-winning writ…

Thistle Street 1995
Thistle Street 1995 by Paul Magrs

This was where I was more free than I’ve ever been…