Each summer Charlotte Square Gardens in the heart of Edinburgh is transformed into a tented village for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
This three week celebration of the written word is the largest of its kind in the world. Entry to the gardens is free. Here visitors can soak up the atmosphere, browse the bookshops, enjoy refreshments from the cafe or bar and choose from a programme of over 800 events.
Many events are free to attend, including daily readings, signings, workshops and children’s activities.
When? The next Book Festival is on12-28 August 2017
Where? Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland
Who? 2017 TBA- Full programme June
How much? Some events free. Other various prices.
Festival Website: www.edbookfest.co.uk
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Joyce Carol Oates, Lionel Shriver, and Amy Bloom, controversial cultural theorist David Shields and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz., James Robertson, Nicholas Parsons, Candia McWilliam, Fay Weldon, Lydia Davis and Jo Shapcott, DBC Pierre and Roy Hattersley , Michel Faber, Alasdair Gray, Ali Smith, A L Kennedy (left) , Alan Warner, Roddy Doyle, Amy Bloom and David Vann,Michael Morpurgo, Andy Stanton, David Almond and Margo Lanagan,Fatima Bhutto, Vidal Sassoon, Garth Nix, Sophia Jansson, Louis de Bernières, Amartya Sen, Nicholas Parsons, Douglas Hurd in conversation with Alex Salmond, Carol Ann Duffy and Garry Trudeau and a few more.........
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