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.

Live Poetry Lab

70 Years of Festival Memories

Thursday 24 August 11:00am - 2:00pm

Drop in to see live writing from Peter Mackay, our resident poet, or watch it unfold online as he weaves in your contributions. His task is to create responses to people’s memories of the festivals in Edinburgh since they began 70 years ago....

Peter Mackay & Iain S Macpherson

Gaels Just Wanna Have Fun

Saturday 26 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

An Leabhar Liath/The Light Blue Book breaks the mould of anthologies of Gaelic verse. Going back 500 years, it shows that even before Ossian there has always been a strong tradition of erotic, bawdy or love poetry. Editors Peter Mackay and Iain S...