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.


Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Thordis Elva & Courtney Sina Meredith with Jackie Kay

21st Century Women

Saturday 19 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

Today, Jackie Kay brings together guests from three remarkably different continents. Argentinian novelist Gabriela Cabezón Cámara’s Slum Virgin tells the story of Cleopatra, a transvestite who renounces prostitution after the Virgin Mary appears...

Thordis Elva

Trauma and Forgiveness

Sunday 20 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

For eight years Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger exchanged emails about the moment he raped her when she was 16. Then they decided it was time to meet. They came together in Cape Town, South Africa, a country that is no stranger to the healing power of...