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.


Strange Tales with Kirkland Ciccone & Sharon Gosling

Age 12+

Saturday 26 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Two talented authors share their unusual and unsettling stories. In Sharon Gosling's Fir, a family is cut off from the world in an old house and soon discovers danger lurking within its walls. In Kirkland Ciccone's North of Porter, crop circles are...

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...

Ten at Ten

Sunday 27 August 10:00am - 10:10am

A small yet perfectly formed reading from one of our Festival authors to start your day. Check the screen in the Entrance Tent to see who's reading today.