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29 July 2021

Northern Lights

24 August 2019

Date: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2019

Venue: Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Platform 5, The Exchange, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE, Scotland. For details on how to find the venue, please visit the conference centre website.

Programme: see the Edinburgh International Book Festival website.

Funding: The Northern Lights project incorporates a small discretionary fund, intended to support the participation of independent publishers.


Northern Lights is a collaborative project between the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Bradford Literature Festival designed to bring together Northern and Scottish publishers. Supported by Creative Scotland and Arts Council England, this two-part gathering started at Bradford Literature Festival on Friday 28 June and will culminate at the Edinburgh International Book Festival over the weekend of the 24 and 25 August. Both gatherings offer publishers and those involved with publishing the chance to discuss key issues in the industry and share expertise around developing inclusive practice and diversifying readership.            

This major event is free and open to all in the publishing industry at any level including booksellers, literary agents, editors, publicists, publishers, libraries, and authors. Taking place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, (a short distance from the Book Festival site), each event will offer opportunities for delegates to contribute their views and ask questions.

Members of the Society of Young Publishers will be live tweeting from the event - join the conversation using #edbookfest.



To book your place at the Edinburgh edition of Northern Lights, please email: