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.

Dilys Rose & Francis Spufford

On the Edge of Enlightenment

Saturday 19 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Two novels set on the cusp of the modern world. In Unspeakable, Dilys Rose brings to life Thomas Aikenhead, a confident 20 year old student at Edinburgh University who, in 1697, was the last person to be hanged for blasphemy. Widely admired for his...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Women’s Rights

Sunday 27 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Recent developments have inspired Women’s Marches to take place across the world, sending a strong message that rolling back human rights won't be tolerated, but that the fight for equality still has a long way to go. Today, we hear the writing of...

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