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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.

Laurie Penny

Taking Bigotry to Task

Friday 18 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

A self-confessed ‘nerd, nomad and activist’, Laurie Penny is a potent commentator about feminism, gender and political dystopia, all of which helped make her the youngest nominee ever of the Orwell Prize. With a fierce intelligence, she has...
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Reni Eddo-Lodge, iO Tillett Wright with Jackie Kay

Let's Talk About Identity, Race and Gender

Saturday 19 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge’s impassioned blog Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race went viral and the subsequent book is a vital exploration of privilege, class, gender and denial. As she transitions from male to female, Juno...
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Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Thordis Elva & Courtney Sina Meredith with Jackie Kay

21st Century Women

Saturday 19 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

Today, Jackie Kay brings together guests from three remarkably different continents. Argentinian novelist Gabriela Cabezón Cámara’s Slum Virgin tells the story of Cleopatra, a transvestite who renounces prostitution after the Virgin Mary appears...

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