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.

The Unthanks

Music in the Imagination: in Praise of Molly Drake

Friday 25 August 9:45pm - 10:45pm

Genre-expanding Northumbrian folk duo Rachel and Becky Unthank, with producer and pianist Adrian McNally, have re-interpreted the little-known music and poems of Molly Drake, mother of posthumously-celebrated singer-songwriter Nick Drake. Today, The...

Hari Kunzru with David Mitchell

Writing Around the Music

Saturday 26 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

How do fiction writers construct stories that are inspired by music? David Mitchell chews over this conundrum with Hari Kunzru, a novelist who has answered the question with his new book. White Tears is a ghost story, a murder mystery, a timely...

Scarlatti and Cage with David Greilsammer & David Mitchell

UK Premiere Performance

Saturday 26 August 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is one of the world’s most audacious classical performers. Today, he and acclaimed writer David Mitchell present a collaboration featuring achingly beautiful piano music together with miniature readings and...