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.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich with Val McDermid

A Murder Memoir

Saturday 12 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

The Fact of a Body is an enthralling piece of non-fiction storytelling. Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich came face to face with a child murderer on death row during a law internship. A fierce opponent of the death penalty, she was shocked to find herself...

BBC Radio 4 Front Row

Live Recording with Festival Authors

Thursday 17 August 10:00am - 11:00am

An opportunity to be part of the audience for a recording of BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts programme. This morning in our Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Front Row, presented by Val McDermid, invites a panel of our Festival authors to talk about their new...


Fun Lovin' Crime Writers

Wednesday 23 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Descending upon Unbound like a group of maverick loner cops brought together to crack one last case, a musical literary incarnation of Avengers Assemble, crime writer supergroup, the Fun Lovin' Crime Writers will storm the stage with a selection of...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Women’s Rights

Sunday 27 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Recent developments have inspired Women’s Marches to take place across the world, sending a strong message that rolling back human rights won't be tolerated, but that the fight for equality still has a long way to go. Today, we hear the writing of...