Book Festival to take children to other worlds!

The Edinburgh International Book Festival (15-31 August) has launched its Baillie Gifford Children's Programme, with literary fun and learning galore and lots of entertaining activities to take part in.


The Festival, whose full programme launched alongside the Children's lineup, will feature work for young people which has been translated from its original languages. These insights into less familiar experiences, cultures and languages will come from authors across the world, and tie in with the Festival's overall theme, Around the World in 18 Days.

Janet Smyth, Children and Education Programme Director, said:     

The more we learn of other countries and cultures the better we understand our world and our place in it. It is particularly important for young people to visit a festival that welcomes their cultures, backgrounds, heritage and languages.
We welcome writers and illustrators from Europe, China, Iran and Australia as well as from across the UK to explore everything from contemporary tales to myths and folk tales.

Authors taking part will include indigenous Australian writer Bruce Pascoe, who with author David Almond and Alison Hubert, Director of Book Aid International, will debate the importance of showing children a world beyond their usual points of view.

China's Haji Noor Deen, one of the world's greatest masters of Islamic calligraphy, will also attend and discuss his renderings of ayahs from The Qu'ran.

Other parts of the programme include:

  • Iranian illustrator Anahita Teymorian on translating picture books
  • Norway's Lars Joachim Grimstad introducing his novel The Disappearing Children
  • French graphic novelist Barroux launching his new wordless picture book
  • Comedians Julian Clary and Danny Wallace presenting their first children books
  • How to Train your Dragon author Cressida Cowell launching the last in her series
  • New series launches from Kristina Stephenson and Derek Landy
  • Patrick Ness exclusively launching his much anticipated new novel
  • Guest Selector Gill Arbuthnott exploring science communication, particularly for young people, joined by the likes of Robert Winston and Christiane Dorion
  • Multi-award winning Scottish writer and illustrator Debi Gliori taking part in a series of events as this year’s Illustrator in Residence
  • Daily free craft activities for younger children, and daily free morning storytelling sessions
  • A range of events, including readings, author sessions, workshops and discussions aimed at young adults

To find out more about the Baillie Gifford Children's Programme please download the brochure

For information on the entire Edinburgh International Book Festival please visit

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