Top Ten Tuesday - Book Festivals

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This weeks topic is - Book Events/Festivals I’d Love to Go to Someday (Real or Fictional. Submitted by Nandini @ Unputdownable Books)

I have never been to a book festival, not through want of trying, I think my husband is scared for the sake of our credit card if I ever went to one.  I haven’t got ten but these are the ones I would like to visit one day....

Edinburgh International Book Festival 

(C) Edinburgh International Book Festival


It’s only an hour and a bit away from me, its set in my nations beautiful capital city and there are lots of books and coffee shops - I’m in. 

This year, like a lot of other events, its going to be online so I actually have a shot at attending this one!


Hay Festival of Literature and Arts

(C)Sam Hardwick

It’s been described as the Woodstock for the mind, the Hay festival is located in Hay-on-Wye in Wales.  

This years digital programme included Stephen Fry, Gloria Steinem, Tori Amos, Hilary Mantel and a host of others.

https://www.hayfestival.com/home


Bloody Scotland


Scotland is a bursting to the seams with crime writers, you might of heard of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?  What about Val McDermid, Iain Banks, Alexander McCall Smith, Ian Rankin?  Maybe one day me!  Based in Stirling, again not too far from me, it bills itself as the literary festival where you can have a drink at the bar with your favourite author.

https://bloodyscotland.com/about-us/about-bloody-scotland/



There are many more festivals throughout the world but these are the main one I’d love to attend, have you been to any of them?

48 comments

  1. Hi! I've been to Hay and it was fantastic - chilled and lovely! The sunshine helped too! I was tempted to add Bloody Scotland to my TTT but then found out about Noirwich which I had to include jutt for the pun!

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    1. I know Noirwich threw me totally, I thought that’s a spelling mistake then the penny dropped!!

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  2. Great list! I love the Hay Festival, there's such a wonderful atmosphere there, and Edinburgh sounds like a lot of fun.

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  3. The Hay Festival looks like an interesting event to visit. Great list :)

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday post.

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  4. I'd love to visit the Hay Festival!

    My TTT .

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  5. I definitely need to go to the Edinburgh one at some point and the Hay Festival. The Hay is a bit far for me, but I really have no excuse for Edinburgh, I went to Uni in Scotland and go there quite a lot anyway because of family!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/07/21/top-ten-tuesday-273/

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  6. I've heard of Hay-on-Wye for its plethora of bookstores. I didn't know they had a book festival too!

    Here in the US, I've visited and loved the Decatur Book Festival and the Texas Book Festival. I would really like to visit the National Bok Festival! Fun topic! I hope you get to do your virtual festival this year and some real-life visits in the future!

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    1. I’d imagine there are some amazing ones in the States, hopefully if things ever get back to normal we can visit them all!

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  7. If I ever get that way I'd have to attend Bloody Scotland Mystery Writers. Kind of puts our Croak and Daggers group to shame. http://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/07/todays-topic-is-book-eventsfestivals-id.html

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  8. Hay Festival seems cool!

    Here's my TTT list this week.

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  9. I'm so curious about Bloody Scotland.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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  10. I don't know why but when I read your list I can't help but think each one of these places would be the perfect setting for a crime novel... A psychological crime thriller at Edinburgh International Book Festival, a Midsomer Murders-esque mystery at Hay, and a pulp noir at Bloody Scotland... It's been a long day :P

    I would also like to go to all of the above! :D

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  11. The Edinburgh Book Festival - YES! I'd love to go to that. And definitely the Hay Festival as well. What fun!

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  12. The Edinburgh Book Festival sounds amazing and Edinburgh is a city I want to visit anyway, so win win haha if I ever make it! And actually since it's virtual this year I should check it out- never even thought of that. Hay-on-Wye sounds awesome too.

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    1. Yep it’s great all these festivals are doing a lot virtually.

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  13. I love this because I don't really know about too many events overseas (other than RARE and YALC)

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  14. To be honest I'd go to Edinburgh for any reason really. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  15. I want to go to the Hay Festival (and Wales) so badly! I'm hoping to tie it in next time I travel

    My TTT

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    1. I’ve never been to Wales but have heard a lot of good things!

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  16. Bloody Scotland - great event name. That's the one that I want to attend ;-)

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  17. I grew up 30min from Edinburgh and lived there for 6ish years throughout uni and never once went to the book festival. *hangs head in shame*

    I'm attending RARE next year in Edinburgh though and I'm so excited! (It should have been this year but... Covid.)

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    1. I know Covid has destroyed a lot of plans, fingers crossed all is ok for next year.

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  18. I never go to festivals, events or conventions. I hate travelling on public transport and big busy places full of strangers!

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    1. A lot of them this year are virtual so you can see from comfort of your own home!

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  19. I had no idea there was a Bloody Scotland!!! But that seems amazing!

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  20. I've been to two book festivals and they were both so wonderful. Of course, this year they'll be online which isn't the same. I do make it to a fair number of author events though, even meeting Ian Rankin for your neck of the woods last year :)

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    1. I saw Ian Rankin from a distance many years ago! I really must get my act together and visit a festival, next year maybe!

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  21. Ooh, I am so intrigued by so many of these! I always say I should go to at least one bookish event but have never quite gotten around to it. (And now I'm like extra into the idea, what with the pandemic and being mostly indoors.) Hope one day you get to experience some of these!

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    1. I’m the same, I really should go, my husband would probably have kittens at the thought of more books coming in to the house!

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  22. The international book fair sounds wonderful. 🌎🌏🌍

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