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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.

Siri Hustvedt

A Life of Art and Science

Thursday 17 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

More than 50 years after the bust-up over C P Snow's famous Rede Lecture on the chasm between art and science, we welcome Siri Hustvedt, acclaimed American novelist and commentator on feminism, art criticism and philosophy, who analyses how the two...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Love is a Human Right

Thursday 17 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Every day across the globe, sexual orientation and gender identity leads to discrimination, violence, imprisonment, torture or even execution and Amnesty International campaigns so that everyone can enjoy full human rights protections. Today, Festival...

Siri Hustvedt with Elif Shafak

Bodies of Experience

Friday 18 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

From Dickens to Vermeer and psychoanalysis to neuroscience, Siri Hustvedt is a writer of remarkable range and insight. In today’s event she talks to acclaimed Turkish novelist and writer Elif Shafak about the self, bodily experience and the role of...

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