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There are events for just about every age and interest at the Book Festival, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion. More than 800 authors apear in over 700 events each year including novelists, poets, scientists, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

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Are You Sitting Comfortably?

All Ages

Saturday 15 August 10:00am - 10:30am

A magical dip into the world of words - it might be a story, a poem, songs or rhymes or a reading with one of our wonderful authors. Suitable for children of all ages. Appearing today: Steve Smallman.
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Ten at Ten

Saturday 15 August 10:00am - 10:10am

Join one of our Festival authors for a quick, captivating reading to start your day. Check the screen in the Entrance Tent to see who's reading today.

Rampaging Romans with Jeremy Strong

Age 6-9

Saturday 15 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Perilus is a Roman boy who is crazy about chariot racing. He loves to practise in his own homemade chariot pulled by the family goat, and dreams of riding in the Circus Maximus one day. Join author and funny man Jeremy Strong as he talks about his...

Stage Dreams with Lyn Gardner

Age 7-10

Saturday 15 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Lyn Gardner presents the long-awaited finale of her emotionally charged series about the trials and tribulations of attending drama school. In Olivia's Curtain Call, Olivia finds herself faced with a difficult decision. Should she follow her dreams of...

Stephen Kelman & Paul Murray

Funny Peculiar

Saturday 15 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman and Skippy Dies by Paul Murray were acclaimed novels that turned into major bestsellers. Today their authors return with highly-anticipated follow-ups. Kelman’s extraordinary Man On Fire is based on the story of a...

Zoe Williams

Road Map to a Better Political Future

Saturday 15 August 10:30am - 11:30am

The general election is behind us, but we mustn’t stop exploring how politics can change for the better. Isn’t it time to build a more equal society? In Get It Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics, Guardian columnist Zoe Williams addresses some...
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David Melling: Hugless Douglas Goes to School

Age 4-7

Saturday 15 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Douglas is very excited to be going to Little School. There is so much to do - and lots of hugs to be given out. Come along and meet best-loved author and illustrator David Melling with his latest heart-warming story, Hugless Douglas Goes to Little...

Nothing But the Poem on Naomi Shihab Nye

Reading Workshop

Saturday 15 August 11:00am - 12:30pm

Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet, songwriter and novelist. She was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and these influences are reflected throughout her work. Join Jennifer Williams from the Scottish Poetry Library for an in-depth discussion...

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst & Tom Pow

Two Timeless Literary Legends

Saturday 15 August 11:00am - 12:00pm

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst’s The Story of Alice captures the lives of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell and the iconic story that has enthralled generations for the past 150 years. Tom Pow’s illustrated story, Sixteen String Jack, explores the childhood...
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Marilynne Robinson with Lennie Goodings

The Female Gaze: The Restless Reader

Saturday 15 August 11:45am - 12:45pm

Orange prize-winner, Pulitzer prize-winner, National Book Critics Circle Award-winner, essayist and writer of the most luminous fiction: Marilynne Robinson is, on the basis of her novels Housekeeping, Gilead, Home and Lila, regarded as one of...
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13-29 August 2016

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