Book Festival to inspire audiences across Scotland

Edinburgh International Book Festival, the largest public celebration of books in the world, has announced ambitious plans to reach wider audiences with a new programme of literature events and activities.

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The programme, which will take the festival far beyond its traditional Charlotte Square Gardens base, will look to inspire people of all ages and levels of ability, and reach out to communities across Scotland to encourage a love of reading and books for everyone.

Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said:

At the heart of the Book Festival is a holistic and integrated approach which aims to expand participation in literature and develop highly engaged, knowledgeable audiences. The vast majority of our events – for all ages – are participatory, making the Book Festival one of the leading forums for interaction, debate and discussion.

EIBF's new programme aims to create "a stimulating learning environment where exploring, experimenting and broadening one’s horizons becomes an intrinsic part of enjoying the Festival". The programme is an extension of August 2014's Outreach programme, which delivered 44 events across Scotland involving 29 authors and illustrators.

Nick Barley continued:

We want to replicate these forums across Scotland by creating a vibrant and wide-reaching new outreach and learning initiative which will focus on engaging adults, young people and children and fostering a love of reading and words. The funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will enable us to start work on this project early in 2015.

The Book Festival's new initiative is supported by £175,000 of funding from the People's Postcode lottery, and Clara Govier, Head of Charities at PPL said:

I am delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are now supporting the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The festival in itself is known for being one of the best in the world and it is great that funding from players will help ensure that Book Festival events reach more people across the whole of Scotland.

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015 will take place from 15 to 31 August, with programme details to be announced in the new year.

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