Edinburgh International Book Festival Industry Day and Your Latest Festival News

Edinburgh International Book Festival Industry Day and Your Latest Festival News

Festival News


The Franschhoek Literary Festival, is taking place 17-19 May. The programme includes David Walliams, Cecilia Ahern, Andrey Kurkov, Tim Marshall, Candice Carty-Williams and Bolu Babalola with a smorgasbord of events, including a panel discussion on organised crime featuring Mark Shaw, Karl Kemp, Caryn Dolley and Irvin Kinnes; novelists Shubnum Kahn, Craig Higginson and Morabe Morojele talking all things spectres and uncanniness with Michele Magwood; and Nicole Engelbrecht, Sam Human, Naledi Shange and Angela Makholwa’s examination on what maketh a natural-born killer.



The International Literature Festival Dublin takes takes place 16-26 May. The festival showcases a diverse mix of authors, speakers, creatives and performers representing over 25 nationalities, including Richard E. Grant, Marian Keyes, Amor Towles.


The Herts Book Festival returns for a third year on 18 May celebrating books, stories and storytelling in a series of free, fun, relaxed and family-friendly activities at Hertford Castle.

This year will see the return of firm favourites: local author showcase involving more than 40 authors, book talks and readings, workshops, storytelling, Baby Rhyme Time with Hertford Library, the wildly successful Book Exchange, with all leftovers going to local charities, plus book-related craft events, face painting and more.


Sydney Writers Festival (20-26 May) begins on Monday with an international line up that include  philosopher and author A.C. Grayling and authors, Bonnie Garmus(Lessons in Chemistry), Michael Connelly (Resurrection Walk), Celeste Ng (Our Missing Hearts) and Ann Patchett (Tom Lake). Australian headliners include three Miles Franklin winners, (Shankari Chandran, Melissa Lucashenko and Anna Funder), Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan, international best-seller Trent Dalton and Walkley-winning broadcaster Julia Baird.


Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2024 is in full swing and is bringing people together in streets, venues, parks, and outdoor spaces across the city and the region. The Festival closes on a high with the brilliant, buzzy City of Literature weekend: packed with events and workshops that explore important questions of communication and representation.



Exclusive Offer for GAoLF Members!


Join the Edinburgh International Book Festival this August for unparalleled networking and insights into the global literary landscape!


Global Ink: Edinburgh International Book Festival’s International Industry Day.

Wednesday 14 August

Edinburgh Futures Institute


Connect with an incredible range of industry experts from Scotland, the UK and beyond, all gathering at the Book Festival this August from authors, editors and publishers to literary festivals, translators and more! Taking place at the Festival’s brand new home at the Edinburgh Futures Institute, the day will comprise panels and showcases, culminating with an international networking reception.

Industry Passes for the event will be available for £40 full price, £25 concessions providing full access to all activities. Full programme will be available on the Book Festival website at the end of the month.


GAoLF members are warmly invited to join the day and can enjoy Global Ink industry passes at the concession price, complimentary access to Book Festival events, and reserved accommodation at the Kimpton Hotel (subject to availability).  Although the Festival is unable to cover the cost of GAoLF members’ accommodation, a limited number of rooms have been set aside by the Festival exclusively for GAoLF members for the night of 14 August. The Kimpton rate for GAoLF members is £330 for single occupancy (inclusive of breakfast). For those interested, GAoLF members who register will be given a unique reference code to make their booking directly and payment of these rooms will be required by the end of June.


Spaces for the day will be limited. GAoLF members are encouraged to register their interest for the event and hotel as soon as possible, by emailing:globalink@edbookfest.co.uk


Publishing News

Mystery Writers of America has announced the winners of the 2024 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honour ‘the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television’ published or produced in 2023. Among the winners are: Best novel – Flags on the Bayou by James Lee Burke; Best paperback original – Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q Sutantoand Best true crime – Crooked: The Roaring ’20s tale of a corrupt attorney general, a crusading senator, and the birth of the American political scandal by Nathan Masters.


The Guardian reports that TikTok is partnering with the National Literacy Trust (NLT) to place bookshelves in 11 UK areas identified as lacking in literary provision. Twenty ‘BookTok Bookshelves’ will be placed in Birmingham, Blackpool, Bradford, Doncaster, Manchester, Middlesborough, Newcastle, Nottingham, Peterborough, Stoke and Swindon. WhileTikTok will be funding the initiative by paying for the books and shelves, NLT youth volunteers will be choosing selections of titles for the shelves. The bookshelves will be located in places with a high footfall of over-13s, such as youth clubs and community centres.


On 16 May the international literature festival berlin will welcome Salman Rushdie at Deutsches Theater for the premiere of his memoir Knife. Meditations After an Attempted Murder.

Emily Perkins takes home top prize for fiction at Ockham book awards. Lioness by Emily Perkins (published by Bloomsbury), about a middle-aged woman wrestling with her life choices, has won the $65,000 Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction.

Alice Munro, Nobel winner and titan of the short story, dies aged 92. Munro examined everyday life through the lens of short fiction for more than 60 years, has died aged 92 at her care home in Ontario.

Angela Merkel memoirs to be published in November. Freedom: Memories 1954-2021 will cover Merkel’s childhood, political rise and 16 years as German chancellor


Praiseworthy by Alexis Wright wins prestigious James Tait Black Prize for Fiction. One of the United Kingdom’s longest running literary awards (founded in 1919), the prize is presented annually by The University of Edinburgh’s School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures.

Previous winners of the prize include D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, Graham Greene, Iris Murdoch, Nadine Gordimer, John Berger, Salman Rushdie, J.M. Coetzee, A.S. Byatt, Jonathan Franzen and Zadie Smith. The judges found Praiseworthy to be ‘a brilliant and experimental work of fiction that stretches the boundaries of the novel form in new and exciting ways. Engaged with matters of climate and justice, Praiseworthy’s innovativeness is matched only by its timeliness.’


Caleb Azumah Nelson wins £20,000 Dylan Thomas prize for Small Worlds. Judges describe second novel set between south-east London and Ghana as ‘symphonic’ and ‘viscerally moving’.


Ian Penman’s ‘glittering’ book about Fassbinder wins Ondaatje prize. The veteran music journalist’s personal study of the German film-maker wins £10,000 honour for the year’s best literary evocation of place


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