Edinburgh International Book Festival
11 - 27 August 2012
Welcome to the Book Festival
This year's Book Festival will run from 11 to 27 August. Details of the programme will be announced on Thurs 21 June. We welcome over 800 authors in over 750 events each year including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, graphic artists, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides, bringing readers and writers together for entertainment, discussion and pure inspiration.
Visit our photo gallery to have a look at all the wonderful authors, events and backstage moments from the 2011 Festival. You can also watch and listen to live recordings of previous Book Festival events in our free online media gallery.
Our 2012 programme is launched at midday on Thurs 21 June - you will be able to view all Festival events once it has been launched. Ticket sales open on Fri 29 June.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season, celebrated annually in Scotland's capital city. Biennial at first, the Book Festival became a yearly celebration in 1997.
Throughout its history, the Book Festival has grown rapidly in size and scope to become the largest and most dynamic festival of its kind in the world. In its first year the Book Festival played host to just 30 'Meet the Author' events. Today, the Festival programmes over 700 events, which are enjoyed by people of all ages.
An important feature of the Book Festival's programme is a high profile debates and discussions series. Each year writers from all over the world gather to become part of this unique forum in which audience and author meet to exchange thoughts and opinions on some of the world's most pressing issues.
Running alongside the general programme is the highly regarded Children's Programme, which has grown to become a leading showcase for children's writers and illustrators. Incorporating workshops, storytelling, panel discussions, author events and book signings, the Children's Programme is popular with both the public and schools alike and now ranks as the world's premier books and reading event for young people.
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 welcome around 220,000 visitors.
The Book Festival is proud to run its own independent bookselling operation. All proceeds from the sale of books are invested back into the running of the Book Festival, a not-for-profit charity organisation which annually raises in excess of 80% of its own funds.
Together with its counterparts, the International Festival, the Jazz Festival, the Fringe, the Art Festival, the Film Festival and the Edinburgh Mela, the Edinburgh International Book Festival forms what is now widely regarded as the biggest and best arts festival in the world.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival's current director is Nick Barley, who was appointed in October 2009.