Don’t throw away those programmes! and other festival tips

It’s that time of year again. Time for our annual plea not to throw away those festival programmes, leaflets and flyers but to hand them in to grateful Edinburgh and Scottish Collection staff.

We’ve been collecting material associated with the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 1947, making The Edinburgh and Scottish Collection the place to find out more about the history of Edinburgh and its festivals.

And as a wee extra, here are a few tips on how we can help you survive the days and weeks ahead:


When it’s all getting a bit too much and you really need a moment to unwind is there a better place to do so than the library? Not according to comedian Helen Keen who told the Huffington Post that if she has a free hour during the festival:

“I might go and sit in Edinburgh Library and read a book under its beautiful dome – it must be one of the best public libraries ever, and so peaceful.”

She’s not described as an ‘all-round clever person’ for nothing you know.

Bluff your way through the opera

If your musical knowledge owes more to Gaga than Gagaku and you find yourself with a ticket for one of the more highbrow productions, be smart and use your library card to get free access to Oxford Music Online.

A quick search of the mummy and daddy of bluffers’ guides to all things musical, and you’ll be transformed from dullard to devotee.

Read all about it

And when it’s all over, as it will be all too soon, fend off those withdrawal symptoms by getting stuck into one of the novels set during festival season, many of which are featured on our map of books set in Edinburgh.

Or borrow one of the books by or about your favourite acts, a tiny selection of which is featured here.

Get ready for next year

Finally, for those inspired to create their own stage masterpiece McDonald Road Library will be hosting a ‘How to write a stage play’ workshop, led by multi-produced playwright, best-selling author and regular EIBF contributor Caroline Dunford.

The event will be held on Saturday 15th September from 10.30 – 12 noon and is free. Caroline’s events are always booked up fairly quickly though so email or call 0131 529 5636 to reserve your place.


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