Edinburgh International Book Festival 14-30 August 2021

the largest public celebration of the written word in the world...

About This Project

In 2021, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is moving to its new home at the University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh College of Art.  The Book Festival is internationally recognised as the largest festival of it’s kind in the word.  There are now over 700 events and 80 authors over the 3 week period where the beautiful, accessible buildings and grassy, open outdoor spaces that make up the Edinburgh College of Art, on Lauriston Place in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, turn into a mini literature village.


The International Book Festival will be on from 14th – 30th August 2021 with an expected mixture of in-person and online events.


Expect to find a wonderful mix of events going on with writing workshops, educational events, panel discussions, author talks as well as great performances by international poets, musicians and thinkers. J. K. Rowling, David Walliams, Ruth Rendell, Matt Haig and Germaine Greer have featured in recent years. There is always a great line up of international guests to be enjoyed for great inspiration and entertainment.


Children at the Book Festival are well catered for with their very own wonderful programme of children’s events where they can get involved in workshops, storytelling sessions, author talks, meet illustrators, go to book signings, panel discussions and more. Authors such as Jaqueline Wilson  and Charlie Higson are regularly found here.


The Book festival offers British Sign Language Interpreters with a programme of signed events for both Adults and Children.


The Book Festival Hub at the Edinburgh College of Art is also a great place to meet and relax, sit and think or be entertained, have a coffee and take in the surroundings with magnificent views of Edinburgh Castle and just a short stroll from the Grassmarket, with excellent transport links to the rest of the city.


The Book Festival Hub is free to everyone! All are welcome to can come along and enjoy the setting and atmosphere. The programme of events is expected to be announced in June with tickets going on sale then.


Information on the Book Festival and Programme.

A great family event where you can hang out in the day and retreat to your family campsite at night.


14th - 30th August 2021


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