Morn, with bonny purple smiles Kisses the air-cock o' St Giles; Rakin' their ee, the servant lasses Early begin their lies and clashes...

Robert Fergusson

Edinburgh International Book Festival

13th - 29th August 2011

Our City of Literature is home to the world's biggest Book Festival, with around 750 authors taking part in around 800 events each August.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival was set up in 1983 and has grown into the largest public festival for books and reading on the globe.

Since its inception, the Book Festival's home has been the beautiful and historic Charlotte Square Gardens, centrally located in Edinburgh's world heritage listed Georgian New Town. Each year the gardens are transformed into a magical tented village, which welcomes around 220,000 visitors.

City of Literature at the EIBF

The Edinburgh City of Literature Trust works with Edinburgh International Book Festival colleagues and other partners to showcase new writing and welcome our international visitors. We collaborate on events including: 

Story Shop 2011

Celebrating the short story and its compact beauty, the City of Literature Trust will once more be holding our daily Story Shop. This is the perfect chance to hear some of the up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today.

Applications to take part are now closed, and we'll soon be announcing our 2011 line-up in our dedicated Story Shop section. With new stories published each day, and audio interviews from the authors, it's going to be a busy August for new writing in Edinburgh.

1-2-1 Writing Clinic

Are you a new, emerging writer looking for a wee bit of advice from someone who has been through it all? As part of the Edinburgh City of Literature New Writing Programme at this years EIBF, we are giving you that chance.

Have a chat with a literary agent, publisher, creative writing tutor or Edinburgh literature specialist for 15 minutes and get 1-2-1 advice and answers to questions you have about your writing career. Places are limited and you’ll be asked to submit questions and material in advance so your specialist can give you the best possible support. *SOLD OUT*

tickets available via EIBF website >

Get An Audience

Are you looking for fresh ideas and some smart solutions on how to get your work to a wider audience? Emerging writers look no further, come and join Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature on the 20th August to tap into the buzz on zines, ebooks, blogs and live performance opportunities.

It’s your chance to be inspired by folk who have come up with grassroots, independent, cross-platform and non-traditional ways of getting their work heard and read.

tickets available via the EIBF Website >

Information Desk

As usual we will be manning the City of Literature Information Stand, which this year can be found in the Entrance Tent.

more about New Writing and the City of Literature at the Book Fest >


Programme and Tickets Info

The 2011 programme has been unveiled.

For the entire line-up, ticket information, and tons of other literary goodness, visit the Edinburgh International Book Festival website at

visit the Edinburgh International Book Festival website >