Halldór Guðmundsson and Sjón at The Edinburgh International Book festival

Every August, Charlotte Square in the heart of historic Edinburgh, the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, becomes the home to the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This year, from 9 – 25 August, the Book Festival will play host to authors, playwrights, poets, politicians, journalists and thinkers from around the world. Over 200,000 visitors will come to join the debate, meet the authors, browse the bookshops or just enjoy an ice cream in the tranquil setting of the beautiful gardens. To complement the adult programme there is a full children’s programme with events, workshops and debates for every age from toddler to teenager.


Richard Greene & Halldór Guðmundsson


2.30pm I Peppers Theatre I £9.00 £7.00

Richard Greene’s meticulously edited collection of Graham Greene’s letters includes never seen material and offers compelling new perspective on Greene’s life covering literature, politics, espionage, travel, and his romantic entanglements. Halldór Guðmundsson worked closely with Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness’s family on his award-winning life of the major Icelandic writer.


Anne B Ragde & Sjón


6.00pm I Writers’ Retreat I £6.00 £4.00

Fiction from two leading Nordic writers. Poet Sjón has written lyrics for Björk; his novel The Blue Fox, part mystery part fairy tale, takes place against the stark Icelandic landscape. Anne B Ragde’s Berlin Poplars is a moving family drama set in Northern Norway.

See the website for more information or to download the full programme. Tickets for all events can be booked on-line on www.edbookfest.co.uk or by phone on 0845 373 5888.

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