The Festival

The Festival Site logo. Outline of a book.

How does reading affect our lives?
Our minds?
Our relationship with others?

Led by Ben Alderson-Day, this site in the Discovery Research Platform for Medical Humanities reimagines the Edinburgh International Book Festival as a space of research and experimentation. Its focus is on the design and piloting of ReaderBank: the world’s most ambitious study of reading, imagination and well-being.

Our researchers will examine the long-term effects of reading and the role it plays in our everyday lives, revealing exciting new insights into the mysteries of the imagination and the way reading both consolidates and unsettles who we believe ourselves to be.  


ReaderBank: What kind of reader are you?