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COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL:
It is with great sadness that we must announce that the Edinburgh International Book Festival will not take place in August this year due to the risks surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Said Nick Barley, Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 
“It is with great sadness that I can confirm that the Edinburgh International Book Festival will not take place as a physical entity in August of this year due to the risks surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, however the safety of not only our authors, our audiences, our staff and our suppliers, but also that of the people who live and work in our wonderful city, is of paramount importance and we believe that planning to bring large numbers of people from all over the world together in Edinburgh in August is not appropriate this year. We hope to be able to programme a series of online events to take place in the summer. We will be back! The Edinburgh International Book Festival is an integral part of the Scottish cultural offering, and we will return next year. We are already looking forward to authors and audiences coming together to celebrate the written word in 2021. In the meantime, please keep reading and please keep supporting your local independent bookshops, many of whom are offering a mail order or door drop delivery service.” 
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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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