The Edinburgh International Book Festival is going online! 15th-31st August. @edbookfest

Like many festivals, the Edinburgh International Festival has been cancelled in its physical form but today has announced a brilliant online line-up. So you’ll be able to watch top authors from the comfort of your own home and best of all, it’s all free! Read on to find out more.

The wait is over; the 2020 Book Festival online programme is here and this year, authors and audiences from around the world are taking part to ‘Keep the Conversation Going’. Join some of the world’s top writers, thinkers, and performers to explore issues affecting us all, such as climate change, gender and identity, racism, and global politics.

From 15-31 August, enjoy 140 events for adults and children for free via our website, including live conversations, panel debates, discussions, readings and draw-alongs. Through the magic of technology, we’ll be crossing continents and time zones to beam events from more than 30 countries straight into your home. What’s more, you’ll be able chat with fellow Festival goers via digital chatrooms and take part in Q&A sessions – plus there’ll be opportunities to meet the author and even get your books signed!

Award-winning writers in your living room

You can watch some of the world’s biggest names to the 2020 Book Festival online. Here’s a snapshot of just some of the unmissable events instore during August: Double Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel discusses the final novel in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Bernadine Evaristo, joint winner of the 2019 Booker Prize, joins Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. David Mitchell, the mind behind the fantastical Cloud Atlas, shares his latest novel Utopia Avenue. Turkish author Elif Shafak launches her new polemic How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division Ali Smith brings us Summer, the remarkable conclusion in her Seasonal Quartet.

Arundhati Roy returns to the Book Festival with a thought-provoking new collection of essays. Executive Vice President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans considers the future of Europe alongside former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Not to mention must-see appearances from Marian Keyes, Ian Rankin, Derek Owusu, Val McDermid, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Maggie O’Farrell, Richard Holloway, Maryse Condé, Roger Robinson, Matt Haig, Jackie Kay, Colum McCann, Philippe Sands, Stuart Douglas, and many, many more.

You can browse the events by clicking here

I’m off to browse now and start planning my book festival diary. Who are you looking forward to seeing?

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