Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Edinburgh Book Festival website hit by lightning strike

The Edinburgh Book Festival's website has been taken out of action by a lightning strike which damaged an electricity transformer in Ireland.

Data centres in Dublin, which specialise in cloud computing and internet hosting services, were badly hit by severe weather on Sunday night.

Back-up generators for the data centres, used by computer giants Amazon and Microsoft, were also affected.

The Book Festival said it did not know when the website would be back online.

However, a spokesperson said they were still selling tickets over the phone and at the box office.

The Edinburgh Book Festival begins on Saturday and will host more than 700 events.

More than 60 book festival events have already sold out, including Caitlin Moran, Neil Gaiman, AC Grayling, Simon Callow and Melvyn Bragg.