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.

The Story of Edinburgh

Journey Through the Literary Landscape

Saturday 12 August 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Drop in for a mix of lively storytelling and readings, led by authors from Edinburgh's literary history. You can also explore the city digitally through a touchscreen programme with LitLong: Edinburgh, an innovative way to experience the city from the...

Busting Book Myths with Vivian French

Families & 5+

Sunday 13 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Expect stories, fun and plenty of participation as leading children's author Vivian French leads you on a cover to cover journey through her hilarious, myth-busting picture book about books and reading, The Covers of My Book are Too Far Apart! Perfect...

Vivian French: A Very Unconventional Princess

Age 6-9

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

Being a princess is boring; who wants to be obedient and formal? All Princess Peony wants is to do things on her own, especially cooking. Will she be able to stand up to her father and get what she wants? Vivian French presents the marvellous tale of a...

Curtains Up with Vivian French & Kristina Stephenson

Age 7-10

Saturday 19 August 10:00am - 12:00pm

Bestselling author-illustrator Kristina Stephenson and writer and former actor Vivian French love to tell stories by dramatising them. Today they offer you the opportunity to help devise a play – complete with props and music – based on Kristina’s...

Knightly Tales with Vivian French & David Melling

Age 6-9

Saturday 26 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Get storytelling and illustration tips from bestselling duo Vivian French and David Melling as they introduce their latest knightly tale Knight in Training: To the Rescue! Vivian reads exciting extracts while David brings the characters to life through...

Picture Books as Philosophy Hooks

Stimulating Kids' Curiosity

Monday 28 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

How do we support the deep thinking and questions of our youngest readers? Children’s authors Alison Murray and Vivian French join Dr Claire Cassidy, from the University of Strathclyde, to explore how picture books can be used to introduce philosophy...