International Book Festival

Edinburgh was the first international city to be honoured with the title of UNESCO City of Literature and the annual Edinburgh International Book Festival is now regarded as the largest celebration of the written word in the world.

Held over two weeks in August as part of the wider Edinburgh International Festival, this magnificent event attracts a star-studded bill of famous novelists, poets, non-fiction writers, critics and thinkers from across the globe.  It also provides a launching pad for the writers of tomorrow … for example, it was here in 1997 that the unknown local author J K Rowling read extracts from her debut Harry Potter novel to an audience of just 30 enthralled children!

Although the festival comprises hundreds of events such as book signings, readings, talks, workshops and a special children’s programme taking place simultaneously across the city, the main venue for the International Book Festival is a purpose built facility in Charlotte Square at the western tip of George Street … just a few minutes’ walk away from Edinburgh’s next big best-seller, the exciting new development at 123 High Street.