Book Lovers - Five Picks for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Category: Reading

Around these parts, we are all so excited about the yearly excursion to the Edinburgh International Book Festival that we sometimes forget that during August, the entire city is taken over by more than half a million people and more festivals than you can shake a stick at! Though the Fringe Festival is dominated by comedy and theatre offerings, there are some bookish events to be found for those willing to look.

So for today, we are leaving the cool shade of Charlotte Square’s many white pavilions to seek out the best of the events on offer for book lovers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. Here’s our pick of the bunch!


Liz Lochhead: Apple Says Aaah - and Other Poems, Pommes and People

Liz Lochhead spends an evening celebrating the written and spoken word, with poems, rhymes, songs-without-tunes and character monologues dramatic and comic all promised on the bill.

August 1 – 25, 12:15

More information and tickets here.


Scroobius Pip – Words

Musician and spoken word poet and one half of Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip brings his successful spoken word tour to a close at the Edinburgh festival. Scrobius Pip breaks the mould of traditional spoken word events by throwing in a healthy dose of humour and hip hop. Not to be missed!

Aug 7 – 26, 21:40

More information and tickets here.


Blackwell’s Writers at the Fringe

The popular reading venue of Blackwell’s bookshop on South Bridge sets up several evening of great readings with a mix of established authors and contemporary voices! This one’s free, but ticketed, so get in quickly if you plan to attend! The full programme will be available soon from

Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 18:00

More information and tickets here.


Ban This Filth

Alan Bissett performs both as himself and as noted feminist Andrea Dworkin in an event dissecting porn culture that promises to be one of the most controversial and hilarious events of the Fringe!

Aug 1 – 11, 21:00

More information and tickets here.


A Genteel Tipple Through Gin in Literature

Last but not least, a wild card. Hosted by Hendrick’s Gin in a venue listed as the ‘Hendrick’s Carnival of Knowledge’, this event is bound to be a ridiculously good time. The full programme actually runs over three days with everything from a literary salon to drop-in workshops, botanical expeditions and live storytelling, most likely all with excellent cocktails to boot.

See the full eclectic programme here.

August 8-11, various times

What are your favourite events for book lovers happening at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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