Edinburgh International Book Festival


The Edinburgh International Book Festival programme offers over 750 events featuring the greatest writers and thinkers in the world. From rising stars of fiction to Nobel Prize-winners, it's a place where audiences and authors gather to share ideas, have thought-provoking discussions, be entertained, informed, enthralled and challenged. There is also a highly regarded programme of events for children and young adults featuring the finest writers and illustrators for young people.

What makes it special?

  • From author events and workshops to lively debates and book signings, the Book Festival gives you the chance to meet your favourite authors, hear about their latest work, and get stuck into some gripping conversations.
  • The Book Festival's home is the beautiful Charlotte Square Gardens, centrally located in Edinburgh's historic New Town. Each year the Square is transformed into a magical tented village and entry to the Gardens is free so pop in and relax for a moment or two.
  • There are three big independent bookshops at the Book Festival stocking a wide range of titles for adults and children, including some exclusive to the Festival. Browse at your leisure and find something stimulating to read.
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