Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is the largest public celebration of books in the world, with 800 authors from over 40 different countries appearing in roughly 750 events every August. It takes place in a purpose-built tented village in Charlotte Square Gardens in Edinburgh, which has eight theatre venues, three café/bars, a signing tent and two large independently-run bookshops, one of which is dedicated to children.

Scottish, British and international authors such as Ian Rankin, David Walliams, Julia Donaldson, George RR Martin, Jung Chang, Margaret Atwood, Ruth Rendell and Haruki Murakami are brought together with lesser-known and debut writers – some of whom go on to become household names themselves – to share words and ideas with audiences and to discuss the topical issues of the day.

Broadening the horizons and firing the imaginations of children and young adults is a priority, and the Book Festival aims to do this through author activities, workshops and events in the Children's and Schools' Programmes. They also aim to accomplish this through their Outreach Programme, which takes talented children's authors and illustrators to meet young people in their own communities.

With the support of players, the Book Festival is developing its programme of work to offer greater numbers of people access to authors and events. It is building a vibrant education programme and producing a wide-ranging programme of events called Booked!, which will take place year-round. Working with partner organisations across Scotland and further afield, Booked! Book Festival events are being created for local communities, with the aim of fostering learning and understanding through author and book-related activities for people of all ages and abilities, instilling a love of books and reading for enjoyment.

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