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.

Outriders: The Reunion

Chronicles of the New World

Sunday 13 August 8:45pm - 10:15pm

From the Arctic Circle to Buenos Aires, our Outriders accumulated an incredible 67,500 miles on planes, trains and automobiles interrogating the socio-political landscape of the Americas. Harry Giles and Katherena Vermette journeyed through Canada to...


Island Getaway

Monday 14 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Take a break from the urban bustle of Edinburgh’s festivals and join the editors of the Island Review, Jordan Ogg and Malachy Tallack, as they bring together a spirited crew of writers and musicians for their Unbound debut. Expect celebration,...

Barry Smith & Malachy Tallack

Uncovering the Joys of Islands

Tuesday 15 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

You may not know that islomaniacs are an actual thing, but Barry Smith would certainly consider himself one. His love of islands has existed for as long as he can recall and he aims to translate that enthusiasm into this event. He is joined by...

Mick Kitson, Alan Parks & Malachy Tallack

Read Next Year’s Bestsellers Now

Friday 25 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Our series previewing 2018’s most exciting new books continues with three Scottish novelists. Alan Parks’s Bloody January is the first in a crime series featuring detective Harry McCoy. Mick Kitson’s debut, Sal, tells of two girls who run away...