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.

Christopher de Bellaigue

The Islamic Enlightenment

Thursday 24 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Islam has failed to reform, many say, or even to modernise. Yet, from the beginning of the 19th century the heartlands of the Middle East began a wholesale process of adaptation that led to the adoption of modern medicine, the release of women from...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Civilised Disobedience

Thursday 24 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Everyone should be able to enjoy the right to organise peaceful demonstrations free from intimidation, unnecessary or excessive force, or the threat of prosecution and detention. Today, we hear writing from some iconic civil rights campaigners, read by...