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.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Russia: Democracy Denied

Wednesday 16 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Russia has faced international criticism and allegations of war crimes by its forces in Syria for its failure to respect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. People have faced criminal prosecution for standing up for the rights of others. Today,...

Andrew O'Hagan

Identity Parades

Thursday 17 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

In a year when Orwell's 1984 became a literary hit all over again, issues around surveillance, technology, the state and individual are firmly back on the agenda. In The Secret Life, Andrew O’Hagan not only creates a new identity for himself, but...