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

Imprisoned for Expression

Saturday 26 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes for blogging; Bangladeshi bloggers have been beheaded for their words; and Jordanian poet Tayseer Salman al-Najjar was jailed for a Facebook post. These are just some of the writers who have...

Tom McCarthy

His Finest Essays

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

Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish is novelist and commentator Tom McCarthy's own selection of the essays he is most proud of publishing. They include pieces on writers - Laurence Sterne, Franz Kafka and James Joyce - but also on Gerhard Richter, David Lynch...