City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Book Festival in Charlotte Square

The temporary, tented village at Charlotte Square's Georgian garden, in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town, is the venue for the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Launched in 1983, the "biggest festival of the written word in the world" brings 900 or so writers, poets, thinkers, politicians, photographers and artists from 60 countries to debate, discuss, argue and inspire. The book fest includes a major programme of children's book events.

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019 Looks For New Stories

Edinburgh Book Festival from above

The 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival launched the “most international programme in its history” today, with authors from over 60 countries coming

A Double Life: JP Delaney & Ruth Ware, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Review

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This event brought together two global best-selling writers specialising in suspense, intrigue and murder.

Ali Smith: Spark and Time, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Review

Muriel Spark - in her prime

As part of the series Muriel Spark 100, Val McDermid introduced Ali Smith as Scotland’s greatest living writer who would be discussing the work of our greatest deceased writer.

The James Tait Black Prizes, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Review


These are the UK’s oldest Literary Awards, founded in 1919 by Janet Coats, the widow of the publisher, James Tait Black to commemorate his love of good books.

Helen Bellany, Portrait of a Marriage, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Review

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The late John Bellany (1942 – 2013) is regarded as a major Scottish – indeed European - Figurative Expressionist painter, an artistic giant alongside Francis Bacon and Alan Davie.

Case Closed. Not, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Review

EIBF Case Closed. Not (Thomas Enger and Alex Gray)

Murder is murder whether in Oslo or Glasgow.

EIBF 2018: European Literature in Translation

Eugene Vodolazkin and Hamid Ismailov sign books

These two talks by European writers at the Edinburgh Book Festival had themes of storytelling in common, with an emphasis on loss – of country, language, memory and the kind of losses and suffering in

All About Miss Jean Brodie, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Review

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark (original cover design)

As part of the Muriel Spark 100 celebrations, Alan Taylor, literary critic, writer and close friend of the late Muriel Spark, and Candia McWilliam, the award winning novelist discussed Spark’s most fa

A Tribute to Muriel Spark, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Review

Janice Galloway

This event was the first of a special series on the work and legacy of Muriel Spark to commemorate the centenary year of her birth, a lively discussion between Janice Galloway, writer of novels, poetr