Catch up with video and audio from the 2016 Book Festival

A montage of four photos of authors appeating at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016: left to right, James Kelman, Erica Jong, Jonathan Safran Foer, Edna O'Brien

Edinburgh International Book Festival was more popular than ever in 2016, with higher attendances than ever before. And for anyone who missed out this time round, there's a huge range of catchup material available online to whet appetites for 2017. 

The Book Festival's 2016 was described as its "most successful year ever" and with the huge programme of 800 authors, illustrators, poets and more it wasn't hard to see why. 

The event I saw today was magic… It was so wonderful I would like to think more people could experience it.

- Audience Member, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 2016

Now the Festival is offering those who were there, those who weren't and those who might be thinking of coming in 2017, the chance to enjoy again some of the hundreds of events that took place. 


On the Book Festival's website you'll find a gallery of event videos dating back as far as 2007, and including some of the biggest events at 2016's festival, including: 

  • Jonathan Safran Foer launching his newest novel, Here I Am
  • Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novelist Carol Birch discussing her new book, Orphans of the Carnival
  • BBC Springwatch presenter Chris Packham talking about his memoir, Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

Meanwhile, the festival's YouTube channel features more video material, including exclusive author interviews with the above and others including Sam Baker, Irvine Welsh, Nina Stibbe and James Kelman 


If you'd prefer to listen to some of your favourite authors, the Book Festival also has an audio gallery featuring MP3 files for listening online or download. These go back as far as the 2006 festival, and this year's highlights include: 

  • Edna O’Brien discussing her first new novel in a decade, the acclaimed The Little Red Chairs
  • Alaa Al Aswany, one of the Arab world’s most influential voices on his satirical novel The Automobile Club of Egypt
  • Journalist and broadcaster, Miranda Sawyer, discussing her investigation into mid-life crises, Out of Time 

Additionally, the festival offers a series of downloadable iTunes podcasts featuring those already mentioned and many more, including Kenny MacAskill, Erica Jong, Kevin Barry and Mark Haddon.

As always, a very special collection of events!

- Audience Member, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 2016

Of course, there's nothing quite like being at events like these in person - so we definitely can't wait until next year! 

The 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place from 12-28 August. Find out more about the Festival, including programme and ticket booking details.

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