All Events

There are events for just about every age and interest at the Book Festival, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion. Around 1000 authors appear in over 800 events, including novelists, poets, scientists, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

Paul Farley & Michael Symmons Roberts

Dead Poets’ Society

Wednesday 23 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Whitbread Poetry Award-winners Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts first combined forces on their acclaimed 2011 book Edgelands, which was serialised on Radio 4 as was their new work, Deaths of the Poets, a series of meditative journeys to the death...

The Sound of Breath

The Breath in Song and Poetry

Thursday 24 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

How do poets and composers think about breath? The pause in a line or the length of the note impacts greatly on how an audience hears, connects with and interprets a work. Join novelist, poet and librettist Michael Symmons Roberts and composer Sally...

Sinéad Morrissey & Michael Symmons Roberts

Perfect Worlds

Friday 25 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

In her new collection, Belfast's inaugural Poet Laureate, Sinéad Morrissey considers great feats of human engineering - ships, planes, robots - as the world struggles for balance and equanimity. Forward Prize winner Michael Symmons Roberts presents...