If there is anywhere in the world I’d love to be during the next 16 days, it would be the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 in Scotland.
When we were in Scotland in 2006, we visited Edinburgh twice while there; once driving from the castle we were staying at in Oban (that’s an East Coast to West Coast drive), and once driving from Oban to Glasgow and then taking the train to Edinburgh. We loved both trips and getting to spend two different days in Edinburgh was fabulous. It is one of my favorite cities to visit.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 begins today and lasts through August 25th and the line up for all 16 days looks fantastic, but of course the banner event will be author George R R Martin’s appearance on Monday night, August 11th at 8pm. Though the tickets for that event have long sold out, BBC Arts Online will live stream his appearance that evening as well as broadcasting an interview with the Game of Thrones author the following day.
During the 16 day festival, over 900 internationally-renowned writers and thinkers from 47 countries around the world will be appearing and the full program is available for perusal or download at the Festival website. If you’re fortunate enough to be in Edinburgh at the time, or able to follow the festival remotely, this should be the best Edinburgh International Book Festival ever.