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The Power Of Reading

Player support for the Edinburgh International Book Festival enables outreach work across Scotland

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is the world's leading literary festival. It takes place each year in a purpose-built tented village in Edinburgh's beautiful Charlotte Square Gardens, hosting over 800 events which are enjoyed by people of all ages. One of its main aims is to engage children and young adults through author activities, workshops and events.

Funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery so far totals £450,000. This enables the Book Festival to run the vibrant and wide-ranging Booked! programme of events, taking 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 to 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, instilling a love of books and reading for enjoyment.

Last year, the Festival was able to hold more Booked! events than ever before for hard-to-reach groups and young people with very specific needs.

Groups that Booked! has worked with include children in care, young people with autism, Asperger's, and dyslexia, young parents, offenders, and families linked to addiction services.

This month, funding from players is being used to support a series of two-day Booked! Festivals in Galashiels (23rd to 24th Aug), Greenock (25th to 26th Aug) and Aberdeen (29th to 30th Aug). These mini-festivals will see schools and a wide range of community groups invited to a cultural venue in their own area to experience the magic of the Book Festival through a series of world-class author events. The Booked! Festivals will also feature events in other locations such as prisons.

Without support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, the Edinburgh International Book Festival would not be able to share the wonderful festival atmosphere with so many people across Scotland, whatever their age, location, or economic circumstances.

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Booked! events allow communities to experience the magic of the Book Festival locally