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.


Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

We Are All Born Free

Tuesday 15 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Children across the world are denied their human rights, missing out on an education, being recruited into armed forces and suffering many forms of violence, even the death penalty. Today, we hear writing by heroic young people who have been persecuted....

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Turkey: Erdogan’s Empire of Fear

Friday 18 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Turkey has one of the world’s worst human rights records in recent history and there's evidence of torture in the wake of the recent attempted coup. Hundreds of media outlets and NGOs were closed down and journalists, activists and MPs jailed. Today...

Jason Donald & Jenny Erpenbeck

Helping Hand

Sunday 20 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Two novels illuminate how we treat the dispossessed. Jason Donald's Dalila flees a violent past in Kenya, only to discover that what she faces in London may be just as brutal. In Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck, winner of the 2015 Independent Foreign...