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.

Visions of the Future: India and Pakistan

Can a Partnership Ever Be Forged?

Monday 14 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Seventy years after independence from the British Empire, relations between Pakistan and India veer between cool and downright hostile. With tense borders, little trade and a history of violence haunting contemporary relations, what are the options for...

Nadeem Aslam

Luminous Soul

Tuesday 15 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

With The Golden Legend, Nadeem Aslam presents his finest novel to date, set in a once-tolerant Pakistani city that's grown horribly unforgiving. A woman with a secret comes under political pressure after her husband is killed; a young Christian woman...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

We Are All Born Free

Tuesday 15 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Children across the world are denied their human rights, missing out on an education, being recruited into armed forces and suffering many forms of violence, even the death penalty. Today, we hear writing by heroic young people who have been persecuted....