Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is a book festival  that takes place in the last three weeks of August every year in Charlotte Square in the centre of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. Billed as The largest festival of its kind in the world, the festival hosts a concentrated flurry of cultural and political talks and debates, along with its well-established children's events programme.

Charlotte Square during the Edinburgh International Book Festival, 2013

It coincides with the Edinburgh International Festival  and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe , as well as the other events that comprise the Edinburgh festival.

The first Book Festival took place in a tent in Edinburgh in 1983. Initially a biannual event, it began to be held yearly in 1997. It is now a large and growing international event, central to Edinburgh's acclaimed August arts celebrations. Perhaps as a result of this,Edinburgh  was named the first UNESCO City of Literature in 2004.