Every day during the Edinburgh International Book Festival, a new and upcoming local writer will showcase their work in the Spiegeltent, giving a reading of typically one or two short stories.

These popular Story Shop are free and unticketed, and will be celebrating their 11th year of running as part of the Festival programme.

They will take place at 3pm sharp, and last for roughly ten minutes.

In this section 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. After a performance is finished, the stories that are read will appear on each Story Shopper’s page.

Just explore the line-up overview below. As you can tell, the participants cover a whole range of styles and genres.


The 10-minute 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.

Simply install the Periscope app from Google’s Play Store (android devices) or Apple’s iTunes store (iPhones and iPads) and keep an eye on the #storyshop2017 Twitter stream for broadcast announcements around 3pm during the entire festival to get your virtual front row seat.

Recordings of the performances will also appear on the City of Literature’s YouTube channel at a later date.



Announcing the 17 writers for Story Shop 2017

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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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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