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Scotland’s first religious literary festival announced

Illuminating stories of belief and spirituality are to be celebrated at Scotland’s first religious literary festival, organised by the world-renowned School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh.

The hidden history of Christmas carols and explorations into belief in crime fiction and comedy are among the highlights of Winter Tales Book Festival, billed as a festival of literature, religion and the imagination.

The festival – part of celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of New College, the home of the School Divinity – runs from Friday 3 December to Sunday 5 December.

More than 25 events with acclaimed writers and speakers are taking place in front of in-person audiences at New College. The indoor festival also offers a café, bookshop and book signings from many of the authors. 

Authors taking part include: James Robertson, Rev Professor Ian Bradley, Val McDermid, Robert Harris, Sally Magnusson, Francis Spufford, Mara Menzies and Mona Siddiqui. Other presentations include two children’s events featuring writers Francesca T Barbini and Michelle Sloan.

Most events are free but ticketed. Information on how to book is available on the Winter Tales Festival website.