Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017


In August, Open Book took over 140 of our readers to 18 events during the course of Edinburgh International Book Festival, using over 240 tickets! The First Minister popped in to see what we were up to, and said about Open Book’s work:

“It’s well-known that reading is a favourite pastime of mine, and I fully support any group that encourages readers of all ages.  It was a pleasure to meet some of the people Open Book supports at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I wish Open Book every success as they introduce people to the wonderful world of literature.” 

In addition to our regular Open Book day out, this year we held a separate outing for a group of women and children migrants and refugees from Maryhill Integration Network in Glasgow. The poet Jennifer Williams read some of her poetry for the group (translated by Saffanna Aljbawi), Vivian French told the children some stories, Helena Barrett from the Edinburgh Art Festival organised some craft activities, and the Gruffalo even paid the group a visit!