UK refuses visas for a dozen Edinburgh book festival authors

Festival director Nick Barley says ‘humiliating’ application process will deter writers and damage cultural life in UK

A dozen authors who were planning to attend this year’s Edinburgh international book festival have had their visas refused, according to the director, Nick Barley, who warned that the “humiliating” application process would deter artists from visiting the UK.

The festival, which starts on Saturday and includes appearances from 900 authors and illustrators from 55 countries, routinely provides assistance for visa applications. It has reported a jump in refusals over the last few years.

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