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Edinburgh International Book Festival Finale

Updated: Mar 11, 2023

This year the Edinburgh International Book Festival was bigger and better than ever with more events extending onto George Street. There were so many entertaining and informative events to choose from including political figures, Nicola Sturgeon, and great literary authors such as Alexander McCall Smith. Charlotte Square was a hive of activity throughout the three weeks, with sunny intervals arriving in time to relax and enjoy a refreshing ice cream or perhaps something a little stronger in the form of a glass of Edinburgh Gin. It all passed as quickly as it had arrived, a whirlwind bringing laughter, hope, faith, genus, and much more. If you missed it, here is a small recap.

The Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square ©MDHarding

Edinburgh International Book Festival Finale

India & Pakistan: 70 Years On

The history of the world's most infamous diamond, with three countries fighting over it. Currently at home in the UK with the other royal jewels. Last seen during the coronation in 1952. When It was re-sized to fit into the royal throne. Once one of the largest gemstones in the world, larger gems are still being found today. Discover more about the sought-after gem in KOH-I-NOOR written by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand.

KOH - I - NOOR ©MDHarding


In true style and humour Alexander McCall Smith gave us a brief interlude of his new lively stage musical based on life in Zimbabwe, still a work in progress but definitely one to watch out for with Its warm, fun, catchy-themed music and lyrics.

Looking for a book with lots going on? The Susan Effect written by Peter Hoeg is full of drama, secrets and powerful people not wanting to be found.

Tales of strange events taking place in the Himalayas, ghostly goings-on, and full of atmosphere. Are you looking for a spellbinding mysterious story? Thin Air was written by Michelle Paver

Rated the most romantic story of the year by the Richard and Judy Book Club - Under a Pole Star written by Stef Penney. An air of exploration and adventure, where two people meet in the most unlikely of places.

Stef Penney - Under A Pole Star ©MDHarding


No matter if it was an educational event you were attending, there was so much you could learn about so many different topics at any of the many events that took place. I was lucky to have attended From Scotland to India with Bashabi Fraser and Alan Riach. One of the events India & Pakistan: 70 Years On. The event took place over a fun-filled hour, full of song and poetry. Bringing culture together and how things have evolved over time and space.

Kerala Boat Song - Vidya Vox

Art & Photography

There was a range of great book events including photography, paintings, and illustrations from The Art of the Bible to the largest worldwide live exhibition by photographer Chris Close. You can read and discover more at Stories Through Pictures - Edinburgh International Book Festival.


We're all inspired to travel and discover more about the world we live in, taste the delights of world cuisine, and learn about the cultures.

"Traveling. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller" - Ibn Battuta

Joseph Farrell did just that by following in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson to the beautiful island of Samoa. Discover more about the great adventure of Robert Louis Stevenson, and how his life lives on and is remembered today in - Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa.

Did you know the interior designer William Morris, acclaimed for his elaborate wallpaper designs travelled to Iceland? Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland written by Lavinia Greenlaw delves into and explores the reasons why we shouldn't stay at home.

Travel Guide Books - Scotland ©MDHarding

I hope you have enjoyed reading about this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival. It's never too early to start planning your visit for next year. The dates for your diary are 11th - 27th August 2018.

See you there! Happy Travels:) x

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