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.

Open Book on the Poetry of Borders

Reading Workshop

Saturday 12 August 11:00am - 12:30pm

Marjorie Lotfi Gill and Claire Urquhart from Open Book, a charity that organises shared reading groups, look at the poetry of borders. They explore the work of some of the poets appearing in the Festival who write about identity, language and culture...

Open Book on The New York Trilogy

Reading Workshop

Wednesday 16 August 11:00am - 12:30pm

Marjorie Lotfi Gill and Claire Urquhart from Open Book, a charity which organises shared reading groups, look at Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy. Described as detective fiction, it features familiar elements of that genre but also plays around with...

Claire Askew & Russell Jones

Edinburgh, City of Poetry

Thursday 17 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Whether you’re at the Diggers pub, the Café Royal or practically anywhere else in Edinburgh, the chances are a poet has been there before you - invariably a good one and not too long ago either. Get inspired to find new ways to explore the city with...

Open Book on Days Without End

Reading Workshop

Monday 21 August 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Marjorie Lotfi Gill and Claire Urquhart from Open Book, a charity that organises shared reading groups, look at Days Without End by Sebastian Barry. Set during the Great Famine it follows the fortunes of Thomas McNulty, an Irish immigrant to North...

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