• Lu Kemp Artistic Director

Day 266 - Edinburgh International Book Festival Winter Warmer!

Our former Head of Creative Learning Noelle Cobden has joined the team at Edinburgh Book Festival, and they have a day of Christmassy programming with brilliant writers and artists this Saturday:


As the nights draw-in and the lights begin to twinkle Edinburgh International Book Festival will host the Citizen Winter Warmer, a day full of free online, fun and creative activities for all the family on Saturday 12 December – with DrawAlongs, workshops, poetry and live music, as well as a stellar line-up of guests including Maggie O’Farrell, Alan Bissett, Leyla Josephine, Nadine Aisha Jassat, Tinderbox Collective and many more.


The Book Festival’s Citizen programme works with local people exploring their views on community and citizenship, and throughout the day we’ll also be sharing the work they have been creating with our Writers in Residence. The day will be split into three sections, and the full line-up of events can be found below.

All events are free to view and can be watched via the Book Festival’s Facebook and YouTube channels. (@edbookfest)


What’s On:


10.30am | DrawAlong with Eilidh Muldoon! (5yrs+)

11.00am | Four Seasons – Storytelling with Macastory (3yrs+)

11.30am | Self Portrait Poems with Leyla Josephine (7yrs+)

12 noon | Drawings Diaries with Katie Chappell (5yrs+)

12.30pm | Where Snow Angels Go – A Reading by Maggie O’Farrell (5yrs+)


2.30pm | Pass the Zine with Edinburgh Zine Library (11yrs+)

3.00pm | Music from the Tinderbox Collective (all ages)

3.30pm | Poems for Today with Courtney Stoddart (14yrs+)

4.00pm | Route of Memories with Eleanor Thom (11yrs+)


6.00pm | The Incredible Adam Spark – A Reading by Alan Bissett (young adult and adults)

6.30pm | The Citizen Collective Stories and Ideas (young adult and adults)

7.00pm | Citizen Writers’ Group – Sharing (adults)

7.30pm | Daughter of Stories – A Reading by Nadine Aisha Jassat (young adult and adults)


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The Citizen Winter Warmer is part of Edinburgh International Book Festival On the Road – a programme of events, festivals and residences taking place around Scotland throughout the year, supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery and funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Scottish Government – through Creative Scotland – the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals.

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