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.

Alexander McCall Smith

Scotland Street and Beyond

Tuesday 15 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

As well as being one of world’s bestselling and best-loved writers (he just won Medal of Honour for Achievements in Literature from the Arts Club of New York), Alexander McCall Smith has one of the most infectious giggles around. Expect to hear it as...

Alexander McCall Smith

Private Investigations

Thursday 17 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

An hour of mischief, music and laughter as the prolific Alexander McCall Smith discusses the latest happenings of all our favourite characters - Mma Ramotswe, Isabel Dalhousie, the inhabitants of Scotland Street and the delightful, intelligent and...

Alexander McCall Smith

From Merchiston, with Mirth

Saturday 19 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Bliss on Colonsay, plastic surgery in Edinburgh, strange encounters in Botswana, and pirates in the Caribbean have all contributed to Alexander McCall Smith receiving the Medal of Honour for Achievements in Literature from the Arts Club of New York -...

James Crawford, Alexander McCall Smith, Alistair Moffat & James Robertson

Buildings that Shaped Scotland

Sunday 20 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

How best to tell the story of Scotland’s history? A good way would be to do what Historic Environment Scotland have done – assemble a bunch of fine authors to write about the 25 buildings that have shaped this country, starting 5,000 years ago at...