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The 2023 Book Festival programme is here!
Join us from 12-28 August to celebrate the joy of words as we mark our 40th year. With over 500 events, and over 100 of those for children and young adults, there’s something for everyone.

We’ll be back in the leafy Book Festival Village at Edinburgh College of Art on Lauriston Place this year and can’t wait to see you there too.

Discover the 2023 programme

Festival Highlights 

There’s so much to be excited about this Festival, with events inside and out, featuring writers both established and up-and-coming.

Join in the conversation with literary greats like Ian McEwan, Ali Smith, and Colson Whitehead. 

Be inspired by thinkers including Mikaela Loach, Simon Schama, and Fergal Keane.

Find out ‘what makes a writer’ with Festival favourites Val McDermid, Bernardine Evaristo, and Jackie Kay.

Enjoy well-known names Judy Murray, Rob Delaney, and Sara Pascoe.

Delight in the imaginations of author-artists pushing boundaries with David Shrigley, Charlie Mackesy, and Simone Seales.

And many more…

Tickets go on sale: 10am Thursday 29 June
So mark your diaries and set your alarms.

For ease of booking, we recommend logging into the site before 29 June so you have your login details to hand on the day. For full information and to book tickets for in-person or online events, visit

In the meantime, peruse the list of events online, bookmark your favourites, join in the conversation @edbookfest, and get ready for what’s going to be an amazing summer. We’ll see you soon.

This way to the 2023 programme

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