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Edinburgh International Book Festival Schools Programme Launch!

Teachers, Librarians and other Education Professionals are invited to join us for the launch of the Edinburgh International Book Festival Baillie Gifford Schools Programme 2017 at 4.30pm on Thursday 20 April at The Edinburgh Academy, Henderson Row

This is a unique opportunity to get an insight into our schools events before tickets go on sale on Thursday 27 April.

What you can expect:

  • Arrive at 4.30pm to peruse our schools programme over a glass of wine before presentations start at 5pm.
  • Get an insight into our programme as Janet Smyth, our Children & Education Programme Director, highlights some of our fantastic events and strands.
  • Get a flavour of what a Book Festival schools event involves as author-illustrator Kasia Matyjaszek and illustrator Tom Morgan-Jones lead interactive live-drawing activities.
  • Discover our brand new online Learning site where you will find event recordings, activities and resources, along with more information on the Schools Programme.
  • Visit our book stall and choose from a selection of FREE books to take back to your school with you.

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions about our programme or your visit to the Festival and to talk informally over a glass of wine and some nibbles.

Spaces are limited so please reserve your space by Friday 7 April on Eventbrite, and feel free to pass this invitation onto any interested colleagues.

To sign up for our Education & Schools ebulletins, or to receive a hard copy of the schools brochure please see our website.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Booked! Edinburgh International Book Festival on the Road.

In August 2016, while the Edinburgh International Book Festival bubbled away in Charlotte Square Gardens we also took the buzz of the Festival around the country to three new locations – Galashiels in the Borders, Greenock in Inverclyde, and Aberdeen.

Working with local libraries, councils and arts venues in each area, we were able to bring books to life for thousands of school children, community groups and members of the public through events with both local and international authors and artists.

If you’d like to get a feel for these Booked! Festivals then watch our highlights video below.


For more information on Booked! visit

Thank you very much to all of our Booked! partners in 2016, as well as to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who support the year-round Booked! programme.

And the winner is…

Thank you so much to everybody who entered our Cover Versions. We had a great time looking at all of the entries but we’re very happy to announce that the winner of the competition (and a book bundle for their class) is…. Year 4SH from Cannon Burrows C of E Primary School in Ashton-Under-Lyne with their wonderful version of Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot!


Year 4 chose Esio Trot both because they love Roald Dahl, and because they’re lucky enough to have their very own pet tortoise in school called Pebbles! We think Pebbles did very well acting as a model – but apparently it was very hard to get her to stay still for the shot!

We liked Year 4’s Cover Version not only because it looks great – but also because it was obvious that all of the class got involved in the shoot. Their teacher, Miss Howard explains:

“Each child in the class (33 children in total, age 8 and 9 years old) was involved in the production of the photograph, from designing Pebbles house, to creating the ‘illustrated by’ sign and using a computer programme to edit our photo. We all had so much fun making our front cover and it was a super learning journey for us all!”

We love these pictures of all of year 4 (plus Pebbles!) getting involved!


Thank you and well done Year 4! We hope you enjoy your book bundle!



Cover Versions… Photo Competition

Looking for something fun to do with your class, youth group, family or friends in the last few weeks of term? Then why not take part in our Cover Versions photo competition! You’ll be in with the chance to win a book bundle for yourself or your group!

All you need to do is:

  • choose a book
  • replicate the book cover yourself
  • snap a photo
  • send it to

Our only rule is that the cover must include at least one person or animal! You can cover any books – children’s or adult’s, old or new, international or UK.

Please include in your email:

  • Your name
  • Your age
  • Your contact email or phone number
  • How you heard about the competition (facebook, twitter, newsletter, word of mouth?)
  • The name and author of the book cover you’ve covered

The closing date of the competition is Friday 16 December, and we’ll announce the winner (and share some of our favourite entries!)  on this blog on Monday 19th – so check back then to see if you’ve won!

Here are some of our Edinburgh International Book Festival staff showing you how it’s done! But use your imagination, get out and about and have fun! We’ve added text to some of our cover versions – but you don’t have to!

Alyson channeled her inner A.L. Kennedy.


Kat and Catherine made the most of their ginger locks.


Sebastian had some fun covering David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy.


And Eli looked back to our 2016 production of A View from Castle Rock!



The Horrible Science Show – Watch Again on Glow TV

If you missed our amazing event The Horrible Science Show with Nick Arnold and Tony de Saulles then don’t worry – you can watch it again on Glow TV! Continue reading The Horrible Science Show – Watch Again on Glow TV

A Film, A Festival, and a Fond Farewell to Landwords

In this final post in the LandWords series, we’ll be looking back at the project and festivals through a special short film, and looking ahead to LandWords-inspired events at the book festival in August. Continue reading A Film, A Festival, and a Fond Farewell to Landwords

Glow TV at Edinburgh International Book Festival!

Can’t get to Charlotte Square Gardens to see any events in our wonderful Baillie Gifford Schools Programme? Have no fear. We will bring them to you through the wonders of Glow TV! Continue reading Glow TV at Edinburgh International Book Festival!

My Top Picks of our Baillie Gifford Schools Programme

Our Baillie Gifford Schools Programme is now open for booking, and tickets are selling fast! If you haven’t yet gotten your hands on the programme and booked your tickets then you’d better get a move on! To help you with your choices I’ve put together my top picks of our events this year! Continue reading My Top Picks of our Baillie Gifford Schools Programme