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.

Alice Broadway & Juno Dawson: Tattoos and Coping Tactics

Age 14+

Thursday 17 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

In Alice Broadway's Ink and Juno Dawson's Margot & Me, family secrets are unearthed and hidden stories discovered. Join two immensely talented authors of young adult fiction as they share tales of tattoos, love, loss and forgiveness and explore how best...

Juno Dawson & C N Lester


Friday 18 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

What makes a woman a woman? Is it her biology? Is it a rite of passage? Is it society? As she transitions from male to female, Juno Dawson's The Gender Games explores feminism and femininity in culture, science and society. Co-founder of the first...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Turkey: Erdogan’s Empire of Fear

Friday 18 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Turkey has one of the world’s worst human rights records in recent history and there's evidence of torture in the wake of the recent attempted coup. Hundreds of media outlets and NGOs were closed down and journalists, activists and MPs jailed. Today...

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...