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Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is an annual literary festival, held in the last three weeks of August every year. It began in 1983 and was held every other year until 1997, when it became an annual event. Now it is one of the main summer festivals in Edinburgh, happening around the same time as the International Festival, Festival Fringe and Military Tattoo.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Book Festival and most of its events are based in a tented village in Charlotte Square Gardens, at the west end of Princes Street. Plus, there’s a festival book shop, café-bar and box office on George Street nearby. With exciting events for adults, teens and children, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Edinburgh Book Festival Programme and Tickets

Today, the Festival programme features over 900 events, aimed at audiences of all ages. Writers, illustrators and performers come together to inspire and entertain. With a range of events from interviews, workshops, storytelling sessions, arts and crafts and so much more.

Check out the latest programme.

You can book tickets in advance online or by phone 0345 373 5888.

Festival Book Shops

Book lovers can pick up a new read in one of the large independent bookshops or book signing tents across Charlotte Square Gardens and George Street. From bestsellers to brand new authors, there are new titles for you to discover. All profits go towards future Book Festivals, so you are helping to support a great event.

Book Festival Accommodation

Our central hotel is perfectly located for the Edinburgh festivals. So, take a look at our special offers and reserve your Edinburgh International Book Festival accommodation today.

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