Edinburgh International Book Festival has closed its doors for 2018, celebrating a hugely successful programme based around the theme of Freedom. With 260,000 people enjoying Charlotte Square Gardens, increased book sales and events from writers from all over the world, EIBF once again showed Edinburgh to be a fantastic host for global conversations.
Issues with visas for authors and illustrators were highlighted this year, with public support for those whose journey to Scotland was made more difficult by bureaucracy, showing how much Edinburgh audiences value international viewpoints and conversations around books.
Edinburgh City of Literature Trust was delighted to be able to showcase a small snippet of the Cities of Literature network, with a programme for delegates from Melbourne City of Literature which saw seven of Victoria’s finest literary programmers creating new ways for Edinburgh and Melbourne literary scenes to work together more in the future. Barcelona City of Literature also made an appearance, with a fantastic evening of Catalan music and poetry for the final Saturday night of the Unbound strand.
However, the team don’t get to sleep just yet: the Book Festival’s On the Road activity continues over the winter, with more announcements – including the winner of the First Book Award – due in the coming months.