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2014 Portobello Book Festival programme coming soon!

Hello, thanks for looking at the Portobello Book Festival site.  We’re delighted to let you know that the date for your diary is the first weekend of October – Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October and as usual, the festival hub will be the Portobello Library with events in venues large and small in Portobello.

The 2014 programme, the sixth book festival in our community, looks fantastic.  We’re excited that for the first time, in the spirit of the City of Edinburgh, we will also have a fringe when Portobello High School hosts it’s own mini festival alongside the main events.

Look back in a few days, when all will be revealed.  You’ll find the festival programme and all the information you need about how to get tickets and details of events.

2014 Portobello Book Festival

Hello – thanks for visiting our site.  The Portobello Book Festival team are busy putting together the programme for this year’s festival which will run over the weekend of  3rd, 4th and 5th October 2014.   We will be updating this site as soon as we have our events confirmed, but it already  looks like another exciting festival in store – look back shortly to see who’s coming and get all the gen about how to get your tickets.

yours in books,

Portobello Book Festival

Tonight’s the night

The Fifth Portobello Book Festival kicked off today with two fantastic schools events this morning.

  • The lovely Janis Mackay read her to really wonderful group of P3s and P4s at Towerbank.


See her reading from her Scottish Book Trust Children’s Book award shortlisted novel ‘The Accidental Time Traveller’ here!

  • And some lovely enthusiastic 5th and 6th year students from Portobello High School had the children of St John’s Nursery, Portobello, roaring and dancing like Wild Things as they read to them.

  • James Spence also drew a great crowd and led them in some reminiscence of Edinburgh, Portobello and the world, 50 years ago today.

And tonight..

It’s Portobello Library’s 50th Birthday and Festival Opening Gala… can’t wait.  Henderson’s (who’ve been trading since 1963 in Edinburgh) are providing snacks, Molly Sugars Vintage Clothes are treating us to a cat walk parade of 60s fashions, writers from far and wide will be reading their 63 words on 1963, the Ladies Guerrilla Quartet will be providing some 60s music, James Spence, storyteller and poet has a set and we’ll be reading from some books published in 1963…  Hope our compere for the evening, David Francis, will be able to hold it all together!
And don’t forget to look at the programme of what other delights are in store for the rest of the weekend!  http://portobellobookfestival.blogspot.co.uk/p/2013-festival-programme.html