Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Edinburgh Book Festival | Video archive
I'm looking forward to heading through to the Edinburgh Book Festival later this week. In the meantime I've been whetting my appetite by looking through their video archive. You should check it out, and feel free to make a donation too.
Book festivals have exploded in popularity over the last decade, with many following where Edinburgh has been leading. Tickets are however hard to come by with many of the hotter events selling out well in advance. Indeed, often on the first day.
Which begs the question whether they will ever dare to make the festival bigger. Charlotte Square is a cosy, perfect sort of a venue. But why keep something limited to that space if there is demand? The Hay Festival has ballooned in recent years... Edinburgh has kept itself strictly within the Square's iron railings. As I struggled to find a top event with any availability left this week, I couldn't help but wonder that perhaps it is time to think big and move to larger premises.