Accessibility


We want our event to be as inclusive as possible, so we have chosen a venue with good physical access throughout and have tried to plan the event with accessibility in mind.

If you have any questions, or would like to suggest any further accessibility measures, please e-mail us at .

If you need assistance on the day of the Bookfair, please ask one of our volunteers.

There will be a staffed welcome desk in the foyer and event volunteers wearing purple "staff" badges will be stationed throughout the building.
Staff Badge

Ramps and lifts

  • There is step-free access to the building through the café entrance, which is to the left of the main entrance and clearly signposted as a cafe
  • There is level access within each floor, and a lift for moving between floors.
  • The doors to all of the rooms we will be using are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

Bathrooms

  • There is a wheelchair accessible bathroom at the venue.
  • There are baby changing facilities at the venue.
  • All bathrooms will be gender neutral on the day of the Bookfair.

Talk and workshop rooms

  • All talk and workshop rooms have level floors and movable seating.
  • We will designate space in talk and workshop rooms for wheelchair spaces.
  • There will also be designated seats near the door for those with mobility impairments, or who may need to leave during a session.

Session information

  • Talks and workshops will last 50, 80, or 110 minutes, and there will be a 10 minute break between sessions.
  • The full programme will be provided online in advance and we will make every effort to ensure that the format is suitable for screen readers. On the day of the Bookfair the programme will be displayed on screens at the venue, but we will not provide paper copies.
  • We will endevour to make any handouts from workshops or talks available online after the event.

Interaction

Interaction Badges Cards

Quiet space

  • There will be a quiet space available in the chapel, which is next to the main door of the venue.
  • This room will be open to the public for quiet prayer and reflection, and while it is okay to use it for (quiet) non-religious purposes, please be aware that members of the church congregation may also come in.
  • You do not need to leave if someone else comes in, just respect one another’s space.

Sensitivities

  • Whether to allow applause within talks will be up to the discretion of the organiser of each workshop or talk. If you would like to request people not applaud at any session please let either the organiser of that session or any volunteer with a staff badge know.
  • There will be spare ear defenders available from the welcome desk.
  • We will encourage attendees to use the café space for socialising, which will hopefully limit noise and crowding in the hallways.

Catering

  • Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available for a donation in the café area, and there will be gluten free and vegan options available.
  • Lunch will not be provided at the venue but attendees are welcome to bring cold food in (the venue rules do not allow hot food).
  • Euan’s Guide can help you locate restaurants and shops near the venue that meet your access needs.
  • Please do not bring any strong-smelling food in to workshops or talks.

Transport

  • Lothian Buses route 2 stops directly outside the venue and routes 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 49 stop on Nicolson Street approximately 100m from the venue.
  • Borders Buses routes 51, 52, X62, X70, X95 also stop on Nicolson Street.
  • Although the venue is a short walk from Waverley Station, much of the route is uphill.
  • Accessible taxis are widely available.