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Engaging With Books

Player support for the Edinburgh International Book Festival enables new events across Scotland

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is the world's largest literary festival. It takes place each year in a charming, purpose-built tented village in the heart of Edinburgh's west end. The Festival hosts over 800 events which are enjoyed by people of all ages. One of the main aims of the Festival is to engage children and young adults through author activities, workshops, and events.

Funding from People's Postcode Lottery players, which thus far totals £725,000, has enabled the Book Festival to run the vibrant and wide-ranging Booked! programme of events. These events take the energy and excitement of the Book Festival on the road around Scotland, throughout the year.

Booked! brings authors, artists, and audiences together to inspire each other and share stories and experiences. It seeks to foster learning and understanding through book-related activities for people of all ages and abilities in their own communities - as well as instilling a love of books and reading for enjoyment.

In May, a five-stage tour of Scotland's five New Towns began in Cumbernauld, marking 70 years since the passing of the Scottish New Towns Act. Entitled ReimagiNation, this series of events aims to give voice to the residents in each town through discussion, debate, and story-sharing.

In August, the ReimagiNation tour continues as the Book Festival reaches East Kilbride and Irvine. Another pop-up festival will also be held in Aberdeen, following on from the success of the Booked! festival held in the Granite City last year.

Each of these three-day festivals will see schools and a wide range of community groups invited to cultural venues in their own area to experience the magic of the Book Festival through a series of world-class author events.

Other Book Festival activities that players' funding is supporting this summer include:

  • A celebration of Scotland's historic cultural connections with India at An Lanntair in Stornoway.
  • A series of events in prisons, including special sessions with offenders and their families.
  • The Book Festival's new Greenhouse venue on George Street, Edinburgh.

The Greenhouse venue will play host to a daily line-up of free interactive workshops, exhibitions, and hands-on activities, opening the Book Festival village up to new audiences.

Thanks to funding from players, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is able to share the wonderful festival atmosphere with so many people across Scotland, whatever their age, location, or economic circumstances.

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Happy Pupils at Aberdeen Booked! Festival 2016
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