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.
Access to the venue is free, with hundreds of paid literary events. On a sunny day, the tented village is a good place to stop for a coffee and settle in for a read.
Buy tickets online, by phone on 0345 373 5888 from 8.30am on Tuesday 25 June 2019. Buy in person on 25th at the EICC box office for one day only. After that book tickets at The Hub, Castlehill (26th June til 2nd August). Charlotte Square Gardens entrance tent and George Street box office is open daily from Sat 10th August to Monday 26th August, 9:30–20:45. The George Street Box Office opens Sat 3rd August to Friday 9th August, 10:00–17:00. Tickets range in price from free to £15 for adult events and free to £8 for kids' events.