Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

About Edinburgh International Book Festival

5A Charlotte Square, Edinburgh New Town EH2 4DR
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Set in a specially created tented village in Charlotte Square Gardens in the heart of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh International Book Festival offers something for just about every age and every interest, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion.

We welcome more than 800 authors in over 700 events each year including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

Upcoming Events at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes:  Muriel Spark 100

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Muriel Spark 100

11th August 2018 - 24th August 2018
In Muriel Spark's centenary year an array of writers gather to remind us of the power of her work.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Playing with Books

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Playing with Books

11th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
This year we have lined up events featuring hip hop, opera, music and more, plus special performances.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Freedom and Equality

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Freedom and Equality

11th August 2018 - 27th August 2018
From freedom of speech to freedom of movement, free trade to the free internet, ideas about the meaning of freedom are the focus of many discussions this year.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Our Planet and Us

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Our Planet and Us

11th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
This series of events looks at the precarious pact between people and planet Earth and how it’s time to act while the future of the planet is still in our hands.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Music Matters

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Music Matters

11th August 2018 - 25th August 2018
Music Matters - In this series of events we welcome musicians who have put down their instrument and picked up a pen to record the pleasure and pain of their experiences.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes:  Mind and Body

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Mind and Body

11th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
In this strand authors explore the complex functionality of the brain, the mysterious workings of the body’s mighty immune system and navigate the connections between physical and mental health.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Unbound

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Unbound

12th August 2018 - 27th August 2018
Grab a drink from the bar and settle in for some lively literary cabaret featuring well-known talent and newcomers in the world of entertainment.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Identity Parades

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Identity Parades

13th August 2018 - 15th August 2018
Afua Hirsch’s series of interviews with writers and creative people explores to what extent we are free to define and express our own identity.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Babble On - Spoken Word

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Babble On - Spoken Word

16th August 2018 - 19th August 2018
Babble On - Spoken Word gives you the chance to get to know some of the most exhilarating and talented poets writing today a lot better.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Killing Democracy?

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Killing Democracy?

18th August 2018 - 20th August 2018
In this series of conversations, economist Yanis Varoufakis further explores the question of whether the current form of globalised capitalism is forcing democracy towards its ultimate demise.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Illustrator in Residence

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Illustrator in Residence

25th August 2018 - 26th August 2018
The Edinburgh International Book Festival is thrilled to welcome back Iranian artist Ehsan Abdollahi, this time as Illustrator in Residence.

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