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Edinburgh International Book Festival 2007

11 - 27 August 2007

The 2007 Edinburgh International Book Festival has over 700 events to choose from, each one individually created and programmed. The Book Festival is continually becomeing more international and opening up other cultures. More than 35 different countries are represented this year.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

There are many mojor names headlining, including Alan Bennett, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Joyce Carol Oates, Joanne Harris, Sebastian Faulks and Alexander McCall Smith, to name but a few!

Themes for 2007 consist of Slavery Stories, Focus on India, Focus on China, War and the Media, The Open University Environment Series, Nations Unlimited, East and West, Genes and Society, Business Matters, Matters of the Mind, The Writing Business and Writing Workshops, and Writers of the World

The History of the Book Festival

Now a key event in the August festival season, the Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983, and is celebrated annually. Since its inception, the Book Festival's home has been in the Georgian New Town of Edinburgh, located in the historic and picturesque Charlotte Square gardens. Each year the gardens become magical with the buzz of the Book Festival, wecoming around 220,000 visitors.

Children's Programme

The Children's Programme always features something for children of all ages to enjoy.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

There will be an exciting exploration of the best children's and young adult literature this summer, including the themes of Conservation and the Environment, Graphic Novels, Medals for Merit, Young Adult Action, Writing for Fun and Sharing Stories.

There are countless opportunities for children to be creative, learn, participate and share. There is a special Activity Corner, and the opportunity to meet some of the best illustrators and artists in a series of close sessions on their work and the business of illustrating. Children will also be given the opportunity to discover new facts and learn about a wide range of topics from the experts, gaining knowledge of diverse subjects varying from outer space to Ancient Rome!

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Young adults will be able to have their say with the stars of the festival. There is the opportunity to join in with the Book festival's  prolific teen authors in one of the many debates - from terrorism to DNA.

 About Long Pen

The LongPen is the extraordinary invention of Margaret Atwood. It is the world's first long distance, real-time, real pen and ink autographing device! The Book Festival will be bringing two of the greatest living authors, Norman Mailer and Alice Munro, live from North America and Canada. They will be interviewed via video link-up, then members of the audience can talk directly to them and have their books signed, even though they are thousands of miles away. This is the opportunity to experience a world first!

Writers of the World

This series will be bringing you the most exciting new fiction and poetry from other lands. The passion for discovery that is at the heart of the Book Festival, is revealed in Writers of the World, with a special low ticket price of £5. Let the Book festival broaden your horizons.

Story Shop

There will be free readings of 'Micro Stories' at the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature information desk in the bookshop every day, from Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 August at 4pm. Stop by and hear a short reading from some of Edinburgh's finest authors, and find out more about Scotland's literature. This is a celebration of the short story!

As well as all the events taking place, there will be two bookshops in Charlotte Square Gardens, and various cafes. The garden is open until late into the evening and there will be live music in the Spiegeltent which is open every evening until late.

For more information, the programme of events, or to book tickets, please visit the Edinburgh International Book festival website.

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