Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference

The Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference began during this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival when 50 renowned writers from 25 countries met to explore five key themes in literary life today.

  • Should Literature Be Political?
  • Style vs Content
  • National Literature
  • Censorship Today
  • The Future of the Novel

The Writers’ Conference is inspired by a similar gathering that took place in Edinburgh 50 years ago, which was so influential it helped to trigger the proliferation of literary festivals that we have today. The themes of this year’s conference echoed the 1962 conference. Each event began with a keynote address by a leading author, followed by an open debate with conference delegates and members of the public. Edinburgh International Book Festival and the British Council also opened the conference up to a worldwide discussion by supporting online debate.

After Edinburgh, there will be conference gatherings across the world in 14 countries: Germany, South Africa, Canada, Russia, Egypt, India, China, Turkey, Belgium, Trinidad, Portugal, France, Malaysia and Australia over the following 12 months. Highlights from the global discussion are being published as a book which will be the most complete picture of writing ever attempted.

The Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference was the result of an exciting new programming partnership between the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the British Council, and is supported by The Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, Creative Scotland, Event Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council. The Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference is part of the London 2012 Festival.