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 tenth consecutive year, are roughly 10 minutes long, and are free and unticketed.

Please note that the starting time has changed: Story Shop now starts at 3pm sharp.

Story Shop performances will be streamed live online, so if you can’t make it to the Spiegeltent, you can still get a front-row seat. Install the Periscope app and keep an eye on the #storyshop twitter stream for broadcast anouncements during the festival to get your virtual front row seat.

After a performance is finished, the stories which are read will appear on each Story Shopper’s page. Overnight we’ll add the video.




Story Shop takes over Charlotte Square Gardens for 2016 Book Festival finale

On the evening of Monday 29 August, Story Shop’s 10 year anniversary is given a special place of pride at the festival’s grand closure, when it takes over the garden during Unbound’s closing night event.

Ten local Story Shoppers from the past ten years will be giving Story Shop readings throughout the garden from 6.30 onwards. They will be joined by guests from international Cities of Literature to make this a Story Shop celebration not to be missed.

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Story Shop reaches its 150th performance

Edinburgh International Book Festival Director Nick Barley pays tribute to Anniken Blomberg and the 149 Story Shoppers that took the stage before her.

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How Story Shop Began

A short Q&A with Ali Bowden who is Director of the City of Literature Trust, the people behind Story Shop.

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City of Literature TV:
Watch the Story Shop Readings so far

We have created a gallery where you can find an overview of all the stories that have been read on the Spiegeltent stage over the last few days.
If you can’t make it down to the Festival this year, this is your chance to catch up with Edinburgh’s emerging writers from the comforts of your own sofa.

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Celebrate 10 Years of Story Shop this August

In the run-up to Story Shop’s 10 year anniverary, the City of Literature Trust is looking for photographs, memories and anecdotes from readers and spectators who have been previously involved. Do you have anything to share?

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Full Story Shop 2016 Line-Up revealed

The City of Literature Trust unveils the complete programme for the tenth anniversary of Story Shop.
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Announcing the 17 writers for Story Shop 2016

After working their way through the submission pile, judges reveal the list of Edinburgh’s Emerging Writers who will be given the opportunity to read their work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
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