1 August 2012

Edinburgh Book Festival

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Edinburgh International Book Festival is the largest public celebration of the written word in the world. Every August it brings over 800 writers and thinkers from across the planet together to rub shoulders with you, the audience. Browse the programme , hear event recordings and keep up with the latest news online. 

The festival welcomes over 800 authors in over 750 events each year including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, graphic artists, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides, bringing readers and writers together for entertainment, discussion and pure inspiration.

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season, celebrated annually in Scotland's capital city. Biennial at first, the Book Festival became a yearly celebration in 1997.

Throughout its history, the Book Festival has grown rapidly in size and scope to become the largest and most dynamic festival of its kind in the world. In its first year the Book Festival played host to just 30 'Meet the Author' events. Today, the Festival programmes over 700 events, which are enjoyed by people of all ages.


An important feature of the Book Festival's programme is a high profile debates and discussions series. Each year writers from all over the world gather to become part of this unique forum in which audience and author meet to exchange thoughts and opinions on some of the world's most pressing issues.

Centrally located in Edinburgh's Charlotte Square Gardens a world heritage listed Georgian New Town. Each year the gardens are transformed into a magical tented village, which welcome around 220,000 visitors.

You can download the 2012 programme here.

Visit edbookfest.co.uk for further information and to book tickets.

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