Christine Jardine, Edinburgh West MP, has welcomed the announcement that the Edinburgh International Book Festival is moving online this year, following its earlier cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival announced today that the festival will be running from Saturday 15th to Monday 31st August- the festival will be free to view and accessible via the book festival’s own website.
The festival will include over 100 events for adults, families and children with both live, and pre-recorded viewings from leading poets and writers from across the globe.
Christine Jardine said:
“I am absolutely delighted to welcome this announcement which helps to overcome the fear of losing the book festivals completely this year, and I’m confident it can repeat the recent online success of the Hay Festival.
“I personally look forward to it every year and have been lucky enough to listen to some of my favourite authors including David Nicholls and Pat Barker.
“The Edinburgh International Book Festival is an invaluable part of the literary year for writers and publishers around the world.
“With the Fringe not taking place this year, Edinburgh’s tourism sector is under immense financial stress which will extend beyond 2020, so any innovative ideas to keep these organisations going is very welcome.”