Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

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Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival performs a unique role, as the largest festival of its kind in the world, in celebrating and promoting books and the written word.
The Book Festival offers writers nationally and internationally a major public platform to present their work in an exciting and stimulating environment, accessible to readers and non-readers of all ages and backgrounds. It further seeks to provide a Scottish platform for international writing, and an international platform for Scottish writing. The Festival takes place in Charlotte Square in the heart of the world's first UNESCO City of Literature. 200,000 people attend over 700 events, with authors from 45 different countries, over 18 days in August each year.
Our Mission is to be a world-leading literary showcase through an annual programme of the highest literary and artistic quality that brings leading thinkers and writers together both to be inspired and to inspire their peers and the reading public. We also aim to stimulate, fire the imagination and broaden the horizons of children, young adults, new readers and others unaccustomed to the written word.
All writers appear at the Festival at the invitation of the Festival Directors, and the Festival budget covers all of the costs associated with delivering this world-class Festival, including travel and accommodation for over 700 authors, and the creation of a unique temporary Festival site in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End. The Festival is solely responsible for raising income from ticket sales, fundraising and sponsorship and book sales, which along with public sector grants cover these costs

Founded 1982

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