Door-Stoppers and Jaw-Droppers: Edinburgh’s Book Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival Bookshop. Image www.pakomera.com
Edinburgh International Book Festival Bookshop. Image www.pakomera.com / Edinburgh International Book Festival

Title:
Edinburgh International Book Festival 2022

From: 13 Aug 2022

To: 29 Aug 2022

Venue:
Festival Village: Edinburgh College of Art
Lauriston Place
Edinburgh
Edinburgh & the Lothians
EH3 9ES

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From its beginning in 1983, the Edinburgh International Book Festival has grown into a major annual Festival draw in the capital every August, attracting around 250,000 visits, and is claimed to be the largest public celebration of the written word in the world. Up until 2020 it was based at a fondly-remembered tented Festival village in Charlotte Square Gardens, but this year the action takes place mainly at the Edinburgh College of Art buildings at Lauriston, in the city’s Old Town.

Writer and former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway and artist Alison Watt in conversation. Image Simone Padovani
Writer and former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway and artist Alison Watt in conversation, 20th August. Image Simone Padovani

Art makes an appearance as a connecting theme every Festival – this year with events such as celebrated artist Alison Watt in conversation with writer and former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway (who has spoken at every Festival for the past 23 years) discussing his collection of poetry and quotations The Heart of Things; plus art curator and author James Birch in discussion about his audacious project to stage a retrospective in 1988 of Francis Bacon’s paintings in the Soviet capital – Bacon in Moscow.

James Birch in conversation, 25th August.
James Birch in conversation, 25th August. Image Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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