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.

The Story of Edinburgh

Journey Through the Literary Landscape

Saturday 12 August 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Drop in for a mix of lively storytelling and readings, led by authors from Edinburgh's literary history. You can also explore the city digitally through a touchscreen programme with LitLong: Edinburgh, an innovative way to experience the city from the...

Island Adventures with Ron Butlin & Janis Mackay

Age 10-14

Monday 14 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Delve into two captivating tales with award-winning writers Ron Butlin and Janis Mackay. Ron's Steve & FranDan Take on the World features a one-woman quest to rescue her friends, while Janis's Wild Song is the delightful story of a boy who overcomes his...

Ron Butlin & Preti Taneja

Everything to Excess

Monday 21 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Two completely different writers take on different continents and different generations, tackling the corrosive issue of having too much money. In Billionaires' Banquet, Ron Butlin, former Edinburgh Makar, explores the morally bankrupt life of his...

Ron Butlin & James Hutcheson: Tricky Trolls

Age 4-7

Thursday 24 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Award-winning author Ron Butlin and illustrator James Hutcheson return with their new book Day of the Trolls! In their latest troll-related tale, the naughty trolls are causing havoc at the supermarket. Get wild in the aisles with lots of laughs,...