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The Edinburgh International Book Festival opens this weekend!

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Edinburgh International Book Festival pre-Covid.

THE Edinburgh International Book Festival opens this weekend with speakers including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Paul Auster, Zadie Smith, Richard Ford, Andrew O’Hagan and Ali Smith. 

Comedians Andy Hamilton, Joe Lycett and Sara Pascoe will be appearing together with actors Simon Callow, Harriet Walter, Isla Fisher and Stephen McGann and from the world of politics Harriet Harman, Sayeeda Warsi, Vince Cable, Jess Phillips, David Owen and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Conversations, performances, lectures, workshops and discussions featuring 1000 writers from over 50 countries offer multiple perspectives, interpretations and translations of the changing world around us.  Introducing 50 debut novelists, and welcoming internationally renowned authors across both the adult and children’s programmes, the Book Festival examines not only the big, global questions exploring truth and post truth, terrorism and fanaticism, gender, diversity and identity, death and globalisation but also celebrates the most joyful, intimate and personal stories of individuals.

Tickets are still available for a wide range of authors across the programme including John Gordon Sinclair talking about his third crime novel, Paula Hawkins introducing her new novel, the follow-up to her best-selling Girl on a Train, Tracy Chevalier, General Sir Richard Dannatt and in a unique pairing Laura Albert in conversation with psychotherapist Susie Orbach.

Author David Mitchell is joined by world renowned pianist David Greilsammer in a unique concert in St Mary’s Cathedral in the West End exploring the relationship between words and music.  In the Baillie Gifford children’s programme Clare Balding, Julian Clary and David Roberts, Adrian Edmondson and Frank Cottrell Boyce still have tickets on sale.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival runs from Saturday 12 to Monday 28 August 2017.   Entrance to the Gardens is free and the gardens, cafes, bookshops and all venues are fully accessible.

Full details of the programme can be found at

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