Winter Tales Book Festival

A festival of literature, religion and the imagination.

In celebration of 175 years of ground-breaking research into religion, spirituality and the arts, we are delighted to host our first ever literary festival. We warmly invite you to join us for this in-person event from the 3rd to the 5th December.

There will be an array of top speakers and writers from the UK and beyond as we explore the relationship between belief and fiction, religion and pluralism, the complex web of religion, politics, and the environment, fantasy and spirituality, and much more.

You will be able to discover the deep-rooted connections between religion and historical fiction, and the darker side of religion and crime fiction. Understand why some prominent thinkers and writers have engaged with diverse beliefs so creatively. And explore why Edinburgh as a place has held such special fascination in literature.

Confirmed speakers include: Robert Harris, Sally Magnusson, Val McDermid, Miles Jupp and many more.

Some events have a small charge but most are free. Refreshments will be available.

Place and time

Winter Tales will take place in the iconic New College buildings, from 3rd-5th December 2021.

Programme and booking

The full programme and booking information are available on the University of Edinburgh's website.