About Edinburgh International Book Festival


In 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival runs from 12-29 August

One of the world’s leading public celebrations of writers, readers and remarkable literature, takes place every August in a leafy Georgian garden in the heart of Edinburgh. From book-signings and workshops, debates and storytelling, CPD events for teachers and acclaimed children’s writers, an exciting 17-day programme is jam-packed with over 700 events for visitors of all ages and backgrounds including a specially created programme of events for schools, a series of CPD events for educators, issue and fact-based events covering diverse cultures, sciences, history and more plus an Outreach programme which takes authors to schools across Scotland. The Baillie Gifford Schools Programme brochure is available from April and tickets go on sale immediately after the Easter break.
More information and details about events can be found on the Book Festival’s website including videos of events, audio recordings and transcripts, downloads of the brochure and teachers information. Go to www.edbookfest.co.uk

Introduction to the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme

Our Baillie Gifford Schools Programme  happens alongside the public Book Festival programme. It’s packed with events featuring the best writing for children and teens, with a focus firmly on participation, imagination and creation. All events take place in our specially created tented village in the heart of Edinburgh, a young person-friendly environment!

Bring your pupils face-to-face with their favourite authors and brand new writers at our events and book signings. Events take many forms from storytelling, author interviews and Q&A sessions, to creative workshops on writing and crafts. There are events designed for every year group, primary and secondary, plus CPD events for teachers and education workers led by experts in the field of education.

Primary schools have the Book Festival all to themselves on Baillie Gifford Gala Day. An extravaganza of world class authors, storytelling, illustration, jokes and magic; it’s a day chock-full of fun and learning.

Come and join in the fun at the largest festival of author and arts events for children in the world!

What To Do Now

To receive a copy of our Baillie Gifford Schools Programme when it comes out in April, send an email to mailinglist@edbookfest.co.uk and ask us to add you to our schools mailing list (please include your postal address).

Sign up to our schools ebulletin by setting up a Book Festival account here www.edbookfest.co.uk/account

Website Links

www.edbookfest.co.uk Edinburgh International Book Festival homepage
www.edbookfest.co.uk/learning Our learning homepage



2 thoughts on “About Edinburgh International Book Festival”

  1. I really love the Book Festival and attend every year without fail. However, it does seem to me that there is a largely neglected area and that is the issue of books for people with a learning disability, particularly those with a severe learning disability. My daughter, who is 27, falls into this category, and like many of her peers, picture books play a major part in her life. She cannot speak and looking at picture books help her to communicate with others and others to communicate with her. For people like my daughter, picture books are a lifelong activity and not just for childhood. They also present a valuable learning opportunity for a group of people who are almost always excluded from lifelong learning. This is particularly sad when they need learning more than any other group in society. It would be wonderful if there were events at the Book Festival that would raise awareness of this subject for families and professionals. It would also be exciting if authors and illustrators could become more involved with a group of people who enormously appreciate their work but are unable to articulate their appreciation.

    1. Hi Pat,
      Thank you so much for your comment. I have to say you’ve started a really interesting discussion in our programming office. This has actually been something which was already on our Children & Education Programme Director’s mind, as it is a topic which is being spoken about in mainstream publishing. It’s certainly something we’re very interested in looking into. Unfortunately our programme is now complete but it may well feature next year. In the meantime you are, of course, very welcome to bring your daughter along to any of our picture events for children, though I know that they may not be exactly right for her you can also get in touch with in advance to let us know of anything which would make the event easier for you (such as reserved seating etc.). We do also feature events for ASN schools in our Booked! programme, but obviously as you say this leaves out individuals who aren’t in education.
      Thanks again for your very interesting comments.
      Best wishes,
      Education Officer

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