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.

Josie Billington & Rick Rylance

Why Reading is Good for You

Wednesday 23 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Engineering and maths are hard. Humanities are soft. Science is useful. Literature is, at best, an optional extra; at worst, frivolous and wasteful. So say many. But two British researchers who have studied the benefits of literature over more than five...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Syria: Constant Conflict

Wednesday 23 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

The bloody conflict in Syria has raged on for six years, causing the deaths of more than 300,000 people and displacing millions of others. Syrians have suffered many human rights abuses including direct military attacks on civilians. Today, writing by...