Citizen comes to the Book Festival

Bringing local discussions to the international stage

After a hugely successful event at North Edinburgh Arts in May, we're excited to bring the discussions, ideas, stories and passion of those who have been involved so far to the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival - the biggest public event of its kind in the world.

The video above features two North Edinburgh residents - Betty McVay and Carmen Bermudez - who have been involved with Citizen so far. With writer-in-residence Eleanor Thom, they and other residents have been exploring their connections to one another and to their neighbourhoods and communities.

Notions of home, belonging, and identity are at the heart of these discussions, and we will bring their views to the Book Festival's global platform in a series of exciting events, including a free drop-in activity day suitable for all ages, and a special staged celebration and sharing of creative work from the programme so far. Both take place on Tuesday 20 August, and you can find out more about these events using the links below.

Citizen has brought forward powerful ideas and fascinating stories which have tapped into some of the biggest issues facing the world today. At the Book Festival, we've been inspired to bring together these local Edinburgh perspectives with those from other parts of the country and the world, creating a strand of events called We Are All Citizens. You can find out all about the events, discussions and authors involved through the link below.

To find out what else is on at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival, book tickets and plan your visit, visit

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