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About Edinburgh International Book Festival

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

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Playing with Books

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Playing with Books

12 August 2017 - 26 August 2017
Innovative events which play with the idea of using performance and music to discuss books on stage.
Magical Curses with Lari Don

Magical Curses with Lari Don

12 August 2017
Be spellbound as author Lari Don introduces the final book in the trilogy, The Witch's Guide to Magical Combat.
Nairn’s Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Nairn’s Are You Sitting Comfortably?

12 August 2017 - 28 August 2017
Start your day with a magical trip into the world of words with one of our Festival authors. For children of all ages.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - India & Pakistan: 70 Years On

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - India & Pakistan: 70 Years On

12 August 2017 - 28 August 2017
This series is explores the 70th anniversary of the Indian subcontinent’s independence from British rule.
A Stone’s Throw

A Stone’s Throw

12 August 2017 - 16 August 2017
Live music, storytelling and puppetry combine in this performance by Giddy Aunt Theatre for ages 7+.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Writing the City

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Writing the City

12 August 2017 - 24 August 2017
New Towns - we look back at the past, consider what it takes to make a town work and ask what the next 70 years holds.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Reading the Final Chapter

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Reading the Final Chapter

12 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
This series explores death, one of the hardest things to deal with, a taboo we rarely fully explore.
Anthony Horowitz:  Alex Rider Returns

Anthony Horowitz: Alex Rider Returns

12 August 2017
Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz brings you the latest dramatic instalment of the Alex Rider series, Never Say Die.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - This Woman Can

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - This Woman Can

12 August 2017 - 28 August 2017
This series is all about phenomenal women. Dynamic women who are taking (or have taken) on the world.
Edinburgh International Book Festival - Afternoon Tea with.....

Edinburgh International Book Festival - Afternoon Tea with.....

12 August 2017 - 28 August 2017
Listen to a fabulous selection of Authors and tuck into a classic British afternoon tea, what more could you want?
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes:  Babble On - Spoken Word

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Babble On - Spoken Word

12 August 2017 - 23 August 2017
Babble On returns with performances from some of the best poets and spoken word artists from across the world.
Edinburgh International Book Festival - Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Edinburgh International Book Festival - Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

12 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Check out the Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series events that are on each day of the festival.
Julia Donaldson & Friends

Julia Donaldson & Friends

12 August 2017 - 13 August 2017
International bestselling picture book author Julia Donaldson is back with more singing, dancing and rhyming fun.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Age of Political Earthquakes

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Age of Political Earthquakes

12 August 2017 - 28 August 2017
Age of Political Earthquakes - Authors from across the world share their insights of this year’s seismic shocks.
Time Travels with Adrian Edmondson

Time Travels with Adrian Edmondson

13 August 2017
Travel back in time with comedian, writer and TV personality Adrian Edmondson as he presents his first book for kids.
Get Galloping with Clare Balding

Get Galloping with Clare Balding

13 August 2017
Horse-related hilarity as Clare Balding presents her debut book for children, The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Outriders

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Outriders

13 August 2017 - 15 August 2017
Five Scottish writers relate stories about the state of the Americas today after being sent over on epic jouneys.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Taking the Air

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Taking the Air

13 August 2017 - 25 August 2017
A series of truly fascinating events looking at sighing, singing, poetry, air quality and taking our last breath.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Unbound

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Unbound

13 August 2017 - 28 August 2017
An eclectic line-up of top talents plays with words, music and much more every night for your entertainment.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Stripped 2017

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Stripped 2017

14 August 2017 - 26 August 2017
Comics, graphic novels and the writers and illustrators who create them are the focus of our popular Stripped strand.
Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Visions of the Future

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes - Visions of the Future

14 August 2017 - 28 August 2017
Leading authors and public intellectuals consider the seismic shifts in society and how we can adapt in the future.
Bookbug

Bookbug

14 August 2017
Bookbug - Sing along with traditional nursery songs and action rhymes in an event hosted by Edinburgh City Libraries.
Winnie-the-Pooh’s Heffalump Hunt

Winnie-the-Pooh’s Heffalump Hunt

14 August 2017
Everyone's favourite bear is back in a new adventure. Join author Giles Andreae in this humorous, honey-filled event!
Secret Giants with David Litchfield

Secret Giants with David Litchfield

15 August 2017
Help David Litchfield spot the secret giant in the pages of his book, then learn how to draw your own humongous human.
Edinburgh International Book Festival - Guest Selector: Ken MacLeod

Edinburgh International Book Festival - Guest Selector: Ken MacLeod

15 August 2017 - 17 August 2017
Acclaimed science fiction author Ken MacLeod brings leading SF, fantasy and horror writers to the Book Festival.
Bookbug

Bookbug

16 August 2017
Bookbug - Sing along with traditional nursery songs and action rhymes in an event hosted by Edinburgh City Libraries.
Pet Problems with Adam Hargreaves

Pet Problems with Adam Hargreaves

16 August 2017
Hear Adam Hargreaves read from his very funny first book in his whimsical series, Molly Mischief: My Perfect Pet.
Rhymetime

Rhymetime

17 August 2017
Join Craigmillar Books for Babies for a fun and lively sing-along as they share their favourite rhymes and songs.
Alice Broadway & Juno Dawson:  Tattoos and Coping Tactics

Alice Broadway & Juno Dawson: Tattoos and Coping Tactics

17 August 2017
Join two immensely talented authors of young adult fiction as they share tales of tattoos, love, loss and forgiveness.
Dads Rock

Dads Rock

17 August 2017
Dads Rock bring their blend of stories, rhymes and songs to the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 17th August.
Edinburgh International Book Festival - Guest Selector: Elif Shafak

Edinburgh International Book Festival - Guest Selector: Elif Shafak

17 August 2017 - 18 August 2017
Elif Shafak looks at the powerful relationship between fiction and the political world in which it is written.
Kristina Stephenson’s Big Draw

Kristina Stephenson’s Big Draw

18 August 2017
Help our 2017 Illustrator in Residence Kristina Stephenson create a work of art worthy of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks
Rhymetime

Rhymetime

18 August 2017
Join Craigmillar Books for Babies for a fun and lively sing-along as they share their favourite rhymes and songs.
Derek Landy:  Resurrection

Derek Landy: Resurrection

19 August 2017
Bring your questions for author Derek Landy and find out all you wanted to know about the Skulduggery Pleasant series!
Isla Fisher - Marge and the Great Train Rescue

Isla Fisher - Marge and the Great Train Rescue

19 August 2017
Join actor Isla Fisher to hear all about the latest book in her charming series, Marge and the Great Train Rescue.
Edinburgh International Book Festival - Guest Selector: Roxane Gay with Jackie Kay

Edinburgh International Book Festival - Guest Selector: Roxane Gay with Jackie Kay

19 August 2017 - 20 August 2017
A series of events featuring writers whose work operates at the intersection of various forms of identity.
Chris Hoy: Sensational Cycling

Chris Hoy: Sensational Cycling

20 August 2017
Join Chris Hoy as he introduces his magical cycling adventure series, Flying Fergus at the International Book Festival
Matt Dickinson:  Everest Calling

Matt Dickinson: Everest Calling

20 August 2017
Join Matt Dickinson as he discusses The Everest Files trilogy and his thrilling stage adaptation on 20th August.
Dark Forces with Robin Jarvis

Dark Forces with Robin Jarvis

20 August 2017
Robin Jarvis teaches you how to create supernatural creatures and enchanted worlds in this enthralling event.
Row Your Boat

Row Your Boat

21 August 2017 - 25 August 2017
Join Grinagog Theatre and help Daphne row her boat in this rollicking adventure full of live music and interaction.
Britta Teckentrup: Nature’s Beauty

Britta Teckentrup: Nature’s Beauty

22 August 2017
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world with author-illustrator Britta Teckentrup for ages 3-6 years.
Lissa Evans & A L Kennedy: Absurd Adventures

Lissa Evans & A L Kennedy: Absurd Adventures

23 August 2017
Two fantastically funny authors, Lissa Evans & A L Kennedy, come together for a bonkers, absurd and ridiculous event.
Good vs Evil: The Great Debate

Good vs Evil: The Great Debate

24 August 2017
Grapple with the neverending battle between good and evil in this lively debate on the world of fantasy fiction.
Edinburgh International Book Festival - Guest Selector: David Mitchell

Edinburgh International Book Festival - Guest Selector: David Mitchell

25 August 2017 - 26 August 2017
David Mitchell explores the border and interplay between music and words with his Guest Selection.
Chloë Inkpen & Mick Inkpen: Animal Mayhem

Chloë Inkpen & Mick Inkpen: Animal Mayhem

25 August 2017
Flap, waddle and hop along with Chloë Inkpen and her dad, Mick Inkpen in this animal-packed storytelling event.
Cressida Cowell: The Wizards of Once

Cressida Cowell: The Wizards of Once

26 August 2017
Cressida Cowell, author of How To Train Your Dragon, introduces her much-anticipated new series, The Wizards of Once.
Patrick Ness: Release

Patrick Ness: Release

27 August 2017
Meet Patrick Ness, the Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls, as he presents his new novel 'Release'.
The Monster Mash

The Monster Mash

28 August 2017
Edinburgh International Book Festival invites you to an amazing monster mash-up with exciting activities and crafts.