Superstar authors arrive in autumn

As well as taking the Edinburgh International Book Festival around the country throughout the year, Booked! brings major book events to Edinburgh beyond August too – and this autumn we’re hosting events with two world-renowned writers. On Sunday 17 September, we welcome the Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author, Orhan Pamuk, to discuss his latest novel, The Red-Haired Woman, while Man Booker winner …

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 …

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 …