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Two Literary Festivals to Enjoy in Scotland

Scotland is a beautiful land full of culture. This August, it is possible to attend two fascinating events in this magnificent country: one in the picturesque Scottish capital Edinburgh, and the other near Peebles, in the Scottish Borders region.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Lauched in 1983, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is one of the biggest and most dynamic festival of its category in the world. It boasts more than 800 events over three weeks, including free readings on a daily basis, workshops and activities for children. Around 220,000 visitors are expected to participate to this massive celebration of literature.

Famous writers from all over the world will rally in the beautiful Charlotte Square, in an especially-created tented village. Passionate debates will be the arenas of strong meetings between the audience and authors. In addition, a children's programme will run along with the general one. This part of the festival, dedicated to younger writers, is a wonderful platform to launch fresh talents and is full of thrilling workshops, author events and the world’s premier books.  

If you are interested in the magic world of books, you cannot miss this opportunity.  

  • When: from 13th to 29th August 2016 
  • Where: Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland 
  • Prices: Entry to the Gardens and some events are free, others have a fixed price. To see the prices, please visit https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on  * Information: https://www.edbookfest.co.uk  
  • Why: to participate to a massive and prestigious festival in the breathtaking Edinburgh 

Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature & Thought 2016 

Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature is organised by 'Beyond Borders Scotland', a non-profit organisation based in Edinburgh. This organisation chose the Scottish Borderlands as a gathering place for different cultures, creating a dialogue between nations, building a cultural bridge between peoples.

Set in the peaceful Traquair House (the oldest inhabited house in Scotland), the Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature is a stimulating two-day literary festival, mixing bike riding, literature and writing. There will be interviews, talks, panels, discussions and forums between Scottish broadcasters and worldwide authors coming from big and small nations.  

This festival is a wonderful occasion to meet people with different habits and traditions, to talk about small and big issues, or simply to enjoy the idyllic town of Peebles and the surrounding area of Tweeddale.

Written by Alessandro Volpino 

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