Every day during the Edinburgh International Book Festival, a new and upcoming local writer takes the stage at the Spiegeltent to give a reading of (typically) one or more short stories. These popular Story Shop performances are now held for the ninth consecutive year, are roughly 10 minutes long, start at 4pm sharp, and are free and unticketed.

You can also find a page for each Story Shopper with a short bio, an audio sample, and a small taster of a story you can expect to hear on the day. Just explore the line-up overview. As you can tell, the participants cover a whole range of styles and genres.


Carol Farrelly will be our seventeenth and last Story Shopper of the Day in 2015. You can catch her today at 4pm in the Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Charlotte Square. The reading will take roughly 10 minutes and you don’t need to buy any tickets to make your way to the Spiegeltent.


Each Story Shopper has recorded a wee sample of the story they will read on the day. It’s a perfect way to explore the different styles and stories on offer during the 17 days of the Short Story showcase for this year’s emerging writers.


No worries! You can find the complete versions of all the Story Shop stories read that day, and of all which went before it, on the pages linked from line-up overview above.

The full text will replace the taster versions shortly after the Story Shopper of the Day leaves the stage, roughly around 4.30 pm. Keep in mind that this change is made by people who are at a bustling festival, so if you can’t see the complete short story right away, do check later.


Story Shop is run by Edinburgh City of Literature Trust as part of its Emerging Writers Programme, to give new and upcoming local writers a chance to showcase their work at one of the titans amongst book festivals. And to give the visitors to the Edinburgh International Book Festival an opportunity to discover new voices from our local scene. The Trust also offers the seventeen Story Shoppers -selected out of roughly 100 applications- a workshop and other complimentary support to prepare them for their public performance.




Event Organiser: Edinburgh City of Literature Trust

0131 668 3684