Edinburgh International Book Festival


13th – 29th August 2011


During Edinburgh’s International Festival, the largest book festival in the world takes place. The Edinburgh International Book Festival occurs each year during the last three weeks of August. The festival features debates, political and cultural talks and a children’s events programme that is known throughout the world.

From its humble beginnings in a tent in 1983 to its current status as one of the world’s largest book festivals, the Edinburgh International Book Festival has had a major impact on literature around the world. The event has featured well-known authors, such as J.K. Rowling, Susan Sontag, Al Gore and Margaret Atwood and the highly regarded Children’s Programme, which incorporates storytelling, book signings, panel discussions and reading events for children.

Aside from the promotion of famous authors and children’s literature, the festival features over 700 events that appeal to everyone. Both adults and children will find a wide variety of things to do, such as educational events, performances, writing workshops and panel discussions.

As a testament to its appeal and cultural significance, and because of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh was the first city to be named the UNESCO City of Literature in 2004. This prestigious award is presented by the United Nations and is given to cities that foster public and private partnerships that encourage creative and entrepreneurial enterprises.

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