About ReimagiNation: Glenrothes

ReimagiNation: Glenrothes is a three-day festival bringing stories into Fife’s New Town and celebrating those of the area on its 70th anniversary.

Produced by the Edinburgh International Book Festival — the world’s biggest festival of its kind — in collaboration with Fife Cultural Trust, this is the fourth stop in a tour of Scotland’s five New Towns, arriving in Glenrothes to help explore what seven decades of life have been like in the town.

Brilliant authors and speakers come to the town from across the UK, including Fife’s own crime-writing queen Val McDermid as well as a clutch of the country’s top thriller writers, broadcasters Sally Magnusson and Archie Macpherson, and plenty of entertainment for kids too — meaning ReimagiNation is perfect for all the family.

We listened to local people as we shaped ReimagiNation, on everything from authors to include to opinions on the future of Glenrothes, resulting in a festival full of activities, free drop-in events and even a pop-up Waterstones bookshop. Whether you’re an avid reader or simply passionate about your area, we think you’ll find something to love at ReimagiNation.

Tell your tale in your town, make your voice heard, and listen to some of the best writers around.


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Books, reimagined

Books and stories are hugely diverse, and so are we.

Traditional events see authors talk about their writing and lives. They may read extracts and take your questions. You can usually chat with them afterwards too.

But from lively debates to fascinating reading workshops, creative sessions for kids to food events, and theatrical performances to cabaret nights, a Book Festival event can offer something special to everyone.

Visit our YouTube page to see videos of Edinburgh International Book Festival events or check out our audio gallery to download podcasts of some of our past events with great authors and storytellers.