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Edinburgh International Book Festival
From: 2013.08.11 To: 2013.08.27
The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season, celebrated annually in Scotland's capital city. Biennial at first, the Book Festival became a yearly celebration in 1997. Throughout its history, the Book Festival has grown rapidly in size and scope to become the largest and most dynamic festival of its kind in the world. In its first year the Book Festival played host to just 30 'Meet the Author' events. Today, the Festival programs over 700 events, which are enjoyed by people of all ages. In 2001 Catherine Lockerbie, the Book Festival's fifth director, took the Festival to a new level by developing a high profile debates and discussions series that is now one of the festival's hallmarks. Each year writers from all over the world gather to become part of this unique forum in which audience and author meet to exchange thoughts and opinions on some of the world's most pressing issues. Running alongside the general program is the highly regarded Children's Program, which has grown to become a leading showcase for children's writers and illustrators. Incorporating workshops, storytelling, panel discussions, author events and book signings, the Children's Program is popular with both the public and schools alike and now ranks as the world's premier books and reading event for young people. Since its inception, the Book Festival's home has been the beautiful and historic Charlotte Square Gardens, centrally located in Edinburgh's world heritage listed Georgian New Town. Each year the gardens are transformed into a magical tented village, which welcome around 220,000 visitors. Together with its counterparts, the International, the Jazz, the Fringe and the Film Festivals, the Edinburgh International Book Festival forms what is now widely regarded as the biggest and best arts festival in the world.