Edinburgh International Book Festival

Open Books

Our Open Books Programme reveals the imaginative journeys contained in books by offering interactive events with some of the world’s greatest contemporary children’s writers. The Edinburgh International Book Festival plans to give children access to some of the country's best loved contemporary children's writers, bringing the joy of reading to children who otherwise would not have access to the Book Festival's world-class programme of author's events.

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It ran from 12:30 PM, 19 December 2008 to 12:30 PM, 19 December 2008




  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



We offer an unrivalled mix of author events, writing and arts workshops, free storytelling and a host of other fun free activities in a child friendly environment in the heart of Edinburgh, the first UNESCO City of Literature. In 2008 almost 35,000 children, including nearly 10,600 school children, attended 259 children’s events over 18 days in August. We assist as many schools as possible to attend the events at the Book Festival through our Transport Fund. However many schools are in areas which make a visit to the Book Festival, even with the help of our Transport Fund, untenable due to either distance or cost. For these children, we arrange for an author to attend the school and inspire the children on-site. In 2008, of the schools that received visits by the Outreach project or assistance through the Transport Fund, 100% of teachers said that the visit produced an increased interest in reading and writing in their pupils. The outreach programme costs £10,500, and in 2008 schools asked us for £24,000 to support their travel to Book Festival events.