A year in Booked!

Booked! has been bigger and better than ever this year. We’ve travelled far and wide, engaged thousands of people and worked with hundreds of partners, authors, artists and more. We want to give you a sense of what Booked! has achieved and what we intend to do as this still young portion of our work develops further in 2017. Booked! …

Jeffrey Archer

At the core of Booked! is a desire to expand engagement with literature and book events in communities across the country. Readers come in all flavours and we passionately believe in providing something for everyone. The opportunity to host global publishing behemoth Jeffrey Archer for a one-off event in Scotland offered a rare chance to reach readers across the country …

HMP Edinburgh and Greenock

Booked! and the Book Festival have a longstanding commitment to engaging prison inmates in literary and cultural activities. Building on the success of an event with musician Edwyn Collins last year, we continued our relationship with HMP Edinburgh with another Booked! event in 2016. As a reformed convicted murderer who completed a life sentence, author Erwin James was a particularly …

Bursting the banks: our summer Booked! Festivals

At the centre of our summer activities were three Booked! Festivals, two-day mini events which took place in Galashiels, Greenock and Aberdeen in August while the Festival in Charlotte Square Gardens continued. We were able to draw on the authors attending Edinburgh to create quality programmes in tandem with our local partners in each area, bringing audiences face-to-face with authors …

The View from Castle Rock Borders Tour

Following on from our world première production of Alice Munro’s The View from Castle Rock during Edinburgh International Book Festival, we took the show on tour to the Scottish Borders, where the writer’s ancestors lived before sailing to find a new life in Canada. There were four sell-out performances on consecutive nights from 31 August to 3 September in venues …

From Lahore to Lewis and Harris

One of our most exciting Booked! activities of the year took us from Edinburgh to the Hebrides, via Pakistan. Originally organised by Highlight Arts, poets from Pakistan and Scotland came together to create new poetry, stories and music in both Glasgow and Lahore. Building on this initial exchange, the Edinburgh International Book Festival invited illustrators and storytellers from both countries …

LandWords

How do we connect to Scotland’s stories, old and new, in our post-industrial, post-referendum, postmodern age? Are we telling our own tales of the places we love? LandWords was a special collaboration between Edinburgh International Book Festival and Falkirk Community Trust, in which Falkirk’s Callendar House provided space and inspiration to explore questions of place, identity, history and story. Situated …

Irvine Welsh & Robert Carlyle

In celebration of the launch of his latest novel The Blade Artist, we welcomed Leith’s own literary superstar Irvine Welsh to the Usher Hall in Edinburgh – and he didn’t come alone! As filming gets underway on Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting sequel, it was a treat to hear Begbie himself — Scottish screen icon Robert Carlyle — read from the novel, which explores …

The Crocodiamond

The Crocodiamond brought together pupils at Sandaig Primary School in Glasgow with author and illustrator Debi Gliori, a storyteller and four musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The children worked with these artists to create images which would visually tell the story of The Crocodiamond, a tale written by acclaimed children’s author Anthony Horowitz, set to music by innovative composer …

Graphic Lyrics

Beginning last August with a visit to the Book Festival for a Stanley Odd performance, S4 pupils from Shawlands Academy in Glasgow joined us for Graphic Lyrics, a multicultural and cross-disciplinary creative journey. Working with members of Stanley Odd, the pupils wrote and recorded raps reinterpreting a traditional story from their own culture (Romanian, Slovakian and Iraqi); then with the …