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.


Ryan Gattis & Dave Hook

Words on the Street

Tuesday 15 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The city has fundamentally changed our way of life. Urban experience rejects tradition, prompting artists to find and generate different forms, like street art and hip-hop, to capture the contemporary social story. American novelist and graffiti artist...

Gbontwi Anyetei & Ryan Gattis

Treading the Mean Streets

Thursday 17 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Urban crime dramas with maverick central characters connect these two novels. Gbontwi Anyetei’s Mensah drops us into a deprived part of London where an African community is served well by the eponymous problem-solver until one job threatens...