Edinburgh Festival – Bibliography and Further Reading

If you are sufficiently interested in Edinburgh and its festivals to investigate further then here is my list of sources.


Bain, A., The Fringe: 50 Years of the Greatest Show on Earth, The Scotsman Publications Ltd, 1996

Bruce, G., Festival in the North: Story of the Edinburgh International Festival of the Arts, Hale, 1975

Dale, M., Sore Throats and Overdrafts: An illustrated story of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Precedent Publications Ltd, Edinburgh, 1988

Fisher, M., The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: How To Make Your Show A Success, Methuen Drama, London, 2012

Miller, E., The Edinburgh International Festival, 1947-1996, Scolar Press, Aldershot, 1996

McMillan, J., Carnegie, J., The Traverse Theatre Story 1963-1988, Methuen Publishing, London, 1988

Moffat, A., The Edinburgh Fringe, Cassell Ltd, London and Edinburgh, 1978


Arnot, H., The History of Edinburgh, Turnbull, Edinburgh, 1818

Buchan, J., Capital of the Mind: How Edinburgh Changed the World, John Murray, London , 2003

Chambers, R., Traditions of Edinburgh, W. & R. Chambers, Edinburgh, 1980

Edinburgh Town Council, Edinburgh 1329-1929, Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh , 1929

Fawcett, R., Edinburgh Castle , HMSO, 1986

Gow, I., The Palace of Holyroodhouse Official Guidebook, Royal Collection Publications, London , 2004

Guy, J., ‘My Heart is My Own’ The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, Harper Perennial, London, 2004

Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, 40 volumes published periodically since 1908


Youngson, A.J., The Making of Classical Edinburgh, paperback ed., Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2002

Gifford, J., McWilliam, C., Walker , D., The Buildings of Scotland – Edinburgh , Yale University Press, New Haven , 2003

McKean, C., Edinburgh, An Illustrated Architectural Guide, Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh, 1983


Irvine , P., Scotland The Best, Collins, 2005

Recent Publications (not used as sources)

Fry, M., Edinburgh: A History of The City, Macmillan, London, 2009

Potted History of Assembly Rooms in EdinburghGuide.com, 2010

David McLean’s Lost Edinburgh. See Facebook page. Articles are periodically printed in The Scotsman.

University of Stirling’s Archives. Edinburgh International Film Festival – The Beginning.

Bartie, A., The Edinburgh Festivals: Culture and Society in Post-war Britain, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2013.