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
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
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.