August 14-30 2021
After the challenging times, Edinburgh international book festival launches its 2021 program – "Onwards and Upwards" consisting of both online and live events. With more than 250 events , including the extensive children’s program.
EIBF Online events
offer the opportunity to chat with fellow book lovers and connect with authors by asking questions in our live Q&As. You can also catch up on events at a time that suits, and online programme, so you needn't worry about missing out.
Scottish authors include Tom Devine, Ali Smith, Alexander McCall Smith, Ian Rankin, Douglas Stuart,
Including events with Nobel Prize winners Amartya Senand Kazuo Ishiguro, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Booker Prize winners Salman Rushdie, Bernardine Evaristo, Richard Flanagan and Scotland's own Douglas Stuart (with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon) and many more.
The EIBF is the world’s premier book festival begun in 1982.
Edinburgh in a Unesco city of literature and each August EIBF welcomes a wide variety of authors from Scotland and internationally. I’ve met many famous faces here, which at first is a strange experience.
Words and stories are our passports to a better, fairer world. Imagination is free! Whether the words are carried in song, in poetry, in political debate, in images, or in stories, in fairy-tales, history, theories, journalism or truth.