Edinburgh International Book Festival


The Edinburgh International Book Festival welcomes over 800 authors in over 750 events each year including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, graphic artists, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides, bringing readers and writers together for entertainment, discussion and pure inspiration.

For the 2012 festival, exciting plans have been unveiled for a world conference that will bring together leading Scottish and international writers, right here at the Book Festival in the heart of Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference 2012-13 will feature a host of writers who, over a five day series of events, will explore a range of topics through which writers and writing can help to make sense of the world. It will build the most complete picture of writing and its relationship to modern life ever attempted. It is hoped that, more than ever before, leading writers from diverse languages and cultures will be given a powerful international voice to debate the issues that matter most to them.

The Conference is the result of an exciting new programming partnership between the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the British Council, and is supported by The Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, Creative Scotland, EventScotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Our 2012 programme is launched at midday on Thurs 21 June - you will be able to view all Festival events once it has been launched. Ticket sales open on Fri 29 June.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is a highlight in the Year of Creative Scotland.

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August 11 2012 - August 27 2012
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