The most sucessful have their own unique personalities – here’s some of the star festivals I’ve visited:
West Port Book Festival
Billed as the Soho of Edinburgh, the West Port is a quirky mix of second-hand bookshops, bars and a touch of the seemy side of city life. The 4th festival, run in October by volunteers and with a sparkling programme, promises to be a bustling affair.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
I ran a daily blog in 2011 from behind the scenes, giving a snapshot of life at the Festival and the wide variety of events that take place.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival is the largest in the world: 750 authors take part in 17 days of events, with an audience of 200,000 book fans. Set in a beautiful Georgian garden in the Scottish capital’s New Town, the EdBookFest is a hotbed of literary activity: the world, in words.
Sharjah International Book Fair
It’s a mix of trade fair, book sales and events, with publishers and bookshops from across the Arab world doing a brisk trade. In November 2011, I was a guest at the 30th Sharjah Book Fair.