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19 November 2018

2017 a record year for EIBF

29 August 2017

The 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival ended its public programme on Monday 28 August having welcomed 1,000 authors, illustrators, poets, politicians and performers from 50 countries to Charlotte Square Gardens and the new expansion onto George Street. 

This year there has been a record footfall into the Gardens of over 250,000 - the largest audience in the 34-year history of the Festival and a significant increase on 2016. 

Ticket sales were up over 4% and book sales grew by more than 5%, with over 63,000 books sold in the 17 days (of which Nasty Women published by Scottish publisher 404 Ink was the bestselling).

Also in 2017, the Book Festival won a Herald Angel for Outriders. The project, supported by the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund through Creative Scotland, sent five young, talented Scottish writers on five extraordinary journeys across the Americas accompanied by local writers.

For a second year, the Book Festival was awarded the Euan's Guide Most Accessible Pop-Up Festival Venue award, recognising the effort put into ensuring every part of the festival site is accessible to all. Euan's Guide also awarded the Book Festival their Spirit of Inclusion Award.

For the full review of EIBF 2017, see the news article on the EIBF website.