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Celebrating Ten Years of Story Shop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

This year Edinburgh City of Literature’s much-loved Story Shop has been celebrating its 10th year at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.   

Each day at 3pm in Edinburgh Book Festival’s Spiegeltent a new and upcoming local writer takes to the stage to give a short reading of their work. This year 17 writers have been part of the Story Shop line up, with a new voice taking to the stage every day of the festival. This free event has been at the very heart of the festival since it launched, giving audiences a chance to enjoy and discover talented local voices who may not always have the opportunity to perform at international literary festivals.

Director of Edinburgh City of Literature Ali Bowden speaking of Story Shop said: “We were very keen that we have free events at the Book Festival as that’s at the heart of what the City of Literature Trust is about, helping people discover and enjoy great writing by Edinburgh authors, without money being a barrier. It felt like a smart way to celebrate and showcase the very writers who were one of the reasons the city had been awarded the UNESCO City of Literature title just a few years earlier.

“After the first few years we moved Story Shop away from published authors to focus purely on emerging talent, as we felt these were writers who weren’t yet making it into book festival programmes, but who had incredible talent and who could really benefit from experiencing festivals as performers.

“We love Story Shop and are immensely proud of all the writers who’ve taken part over the years. The Book Festival puts a lot of time and energy into supporting the writers because we all realise, we wouldn’t be a City of Literature without the new writers breaking through.”

(Read the full interview with Ali Bowden over on Edinburgh City of Literature’s website.)

If you haven’t had a chance to catch Story Shop this year don’t fear as there will be readings until Monday 29 August from exciting emerging talent. For those unable to make it in person, Edinburgh City of Literature are live-streaming Story Shop over Periscope everyday at 3pm and sharing the videos from each reading the following day. So there's plenty of ways to enjoy this celebratory year of Story Shop! 

Get a taste for Story Shop with this reading from Laura A. Anderson at Saturday 21 August's Story Shop:

Check out the Story Shop line up and previous videos.

Check out the full Edinburgh International Book Festival programme.