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There’s something for everyone in this years Edinburgh International Book Festival programme!

This years programme for the World famous Edinburgh International Book Festival was launched on the 9th June and promises to take you around the World in 18 days! This is our overview of what the huge collection of world renowned authors, stories, poetry, music, theatre and debates has to offer…

This years theme is based on travel and trading stories from around the world, and how some of our much loved classics have been translated. Also the festival explores some of the humanitarian issues that currently occupy the headlines like the changing Middle East. The festival kicks off on 15th August – 31st August in Charlotte Square Gardens in the City Centre. In total there will be around 800 Authors from across the globe and 750 events for adults, teens and children to join in. Entrance to the gardens is free and many of the events are also free or just cost around £4.50-£10. Inside the gardens aside from a vast selection of workshops to enjoy there are also three cafes, two bars and an ice trike, as well as a lovely picnic spots where you can relax and read a book – so you won’t go hungry!

Typically the reading workshops all last around an hour and involve a close reading of a book from a leading Author and further exploration into the story lines or the Author may explore some of their favourite books…there will also be opportunities for book signings at the end! One that we are particularly keen to see is the reading workshop by Cath Cassidy on the timeless classic Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. And for those keen to challenge their political views Guardian columnist Zoe Williams will be addressing some of the key political issues today around the NHS and why can’t young people afford to buy a house?

One of the great things about the Book Festival is how well it engages children and how it makes reading exciting! This year the Baillie Gifford children’s programme welcome back award winning Children’s Author Jacqueline Wilson – who has now released over 100 novels – some of which still line my shelves, so I will definitely be booking my tickets for that one!

If you don’t have any specific authors in mind everyday you can catch the 10@10 for a quick 10 minute captivating read from one of the festival authors. And for children of all ages at 10am each day there is Are you sitting comfortably which could be anything from a story to a poem to singing songs and at various intervals throughout the day there in Bookbug for 0-3 year olds. Even better all of these events are absolutely free but may need to be booked in advance to secure a spot!

For more information about the full Book Festival programme or to book tickets you can click here or if you have already decided you are coming click here to book camping now – prices will be increasing from the first of July and some dates are limited so book now to get the best deals!