The Edinburgh International Book Festival is an annual literacy event, held each year in Charlotte Square. The gardens in the city centre are transformed into a temporary festival village created especially for the event. It is believed to be one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, featuring around 800 authors across 700 events. The festival attracts readers and writers from novelists, poets, scientists and comic book writer in a diverse range of talks and events. Previous festivals have also featured Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi and Booker prize winner Daniel Hahn.
Edinburgh has its own international airport half an hour away from the festival, or you can arrive by train into the city. Charlotte Square is in the heart of the city centre and is only a short walk from the main Princes Street shopping area. Entrance to Charlotte Square gardens is free, with various cafes and book shops, writing areas and theatres available on site. The day events run into the evening throughout the festival, with prices for specific talks and discussions varying so always best to check the website for details. Educational events are also available.
Although it is free to enter the grounds, you will get the most from the festival by attending the special events and talks. Buy tickets in advance for any you wish to attend, check the official website for the official listings. Spread your time throughout the festival by either seeing as much as possible, or if you’re on budget relax and soak up the atmosphere. If you are an aspiring author it will be a great way to make contacts, or make use of the writing workshops. There’s a book shop just for children or take them to an educational event.
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With the festival in the city centre everything you need is within walking distance, take a trip to the famous Edinburgh Castle, or walk up to the top of Calton Hill and Arthurs Seat. With the festival coinciding with the Edinburgh Fringe and International Festival there will be plenty to see and do.
Find out more on the International Book Festival, including: the Festival and what’s on, planning your visit, FAQ and details on other Edinburgh festivals, media gallery with photo, audio and video footage of past events, educational events and much more on the official website.
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