Edinburgh International Book Festival


A stellar line-up of over 300 writers, artists and thinkers from around the globe come together this August [14th to 30th] to share their ideas and stories for a changing world. In this exciting new chapter for the Book Festival, a wide range of the live-streamed events will also have in-person audiences at our new Festival home, the University of Edinburgh's Edinburgh College of Art. Around half of our participants will appear in person in Edinburgh, while others join digitally from their homes around the world. Tickets for socially-distanced in-person events went on sale on 22 July and more than 250 events for adults, children and families online will all be available to watch on a Pay What You Can basis. Explore the full programme HERE.

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 has been traditionally located in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic New Town at Charlotte Square Gardens - but in 2021 it will be reloacating to the University's Edinburgh College of Art where it will recreate its amazing village atmosphere while also having the faciltiies to create a world of online events. 
  • There are 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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