Edinburgh International Book Festival


A stellar line-up of over 300 writers, artists and thinkers from around the globe came 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, over 250 events - live streamed with in person audiences - took place in three studio theatre spaces at the new Festival home, the University of Edinburgh's Edinburgh College of Art. Around half of participants appeared in person in Edinburgh, while others joined digitally from their homes around the world. Almost all the events in the 2021 Edinburgh International Book Festival programme can be viewed online ‘on demand’ through the Book Festival website. The 2022 Edinburgh International Book Festival will run from Saturday 13 to Monday 29 August from Edinburgh College of Art in Lauriston Place.

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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