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.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Russia: Democracy Denied

Wednesday 16 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Russia has faced international criticism and allegations of war crimes by its forces in Syria for its failure to respect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. People have faced criminal prosecution for standing up for the rights of others. Today,...

Philip Hoare & Ian Stephen

Down to the Sea Again

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

Samuel Johnson Prize-winner Philip Hoare looks at the ways in which humans have conveyed the elusive lure of the sea and its enigmatic creatures in RisingTideFallingStar. Writer, storyteller, and former Lewis coastguard Ian Stephen mixes memoir,...