Edinburgh International Book Festival


As announced previously, in line with the UK Government and Scottish Government’s public health advice, the Edinburgh International Book Festival has had to be postponed - but we are excited to announce that the 2020 Book Festival will be presented online. From 15-31 August, enjoy more than 140 events for adults and children for FREE via the Book Festival website, including live conversations, discussions, readings, and draw-alongs. 

Nick Barley, Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival, said: “We are very excited to be presenting live online events for the first time.  Thanks to invaluable support from The Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, The City of Edinburgh Council and many of our sponsors and donors, including Baillie Gifford, People’s Postcode Lottery and a number of generous individuals, we are in a position to experiment, to bring the essence of our wonderful festival to our loyal supporters – and new audiences – in a series of ambitious, innovative and exciting online conversations. The Edinburgh International Book Festival is a crucial part of the literary year for Scottish and British writers and publishers, and we felt strongly that we needed to showcase the very best writing and ideas despite not being able to come together in Charlotte Square Gardens in Edinburgh this August.”

What makes it special?

  • Discover new writers and meet your favourite authors at creative writing workshops, book signings and author talks. At the Edinburgh International Book Festival you’ll have the opportunity to take part in provoking debates and intriguing discussions with like-minded book lovers!
  • The Book Festival is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic New Town. Each year, Charlotte Square Gardens and the west end of George Street are transformed into a magical tented village. Entry to the Book Festival village 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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