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.

Ten at Ten

Sunday 13 August 10:00am - 10:10am

A small yet perfectly formed reading from one of our Festival authors to start your day. Check the screen in the Entrance Tent to see who's reading today.

It Takes a Village

Portraits and Personal Stories

Sunday 13 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care has worked with artist and photographer Colin Gray to produce a powerful series of portraits and personal stories exploring the many guises care takes as health deteriorates. View the exhibition, take part in...

Imtiaz Dharker & Daljit Nagra

Stepping Stones

Sunday 13 August 10:15am - 11:15am

What are we made of? Suffused with love, Imtiaz Dharker's new collection, Over the Moon, was born out of grief after her husband's death in 2009. Radio 4's Poet in Residence Daljit Nagra reflects on our heritage and the institutions that define it –...

A Stone's Throw

Families & 7+

Sunday 13 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Giddy Aunt Theatre use live music, storytelling and puppetry to explore our responsibility to the planet in their inventive and entertaining show. After a girl knocks the sun from the sky, plants start to die and the temperature drops. Follow the girl's...

Fathers and Sons with Phil Earle

Age 7-10

Sunday 13 August 10:30am - 11:30am

In Phil Earle’s SuperDad’s Day Off, Stan spends quality time with his superhero dad saving the world. In Demolition Dad, Jake’s dad knocks down buildings by day and is a secret champion wrestler by night. Step into these beautifully depicted...

Spectacular Translation Machine

Translation Games for Everyone

Sunday 13 August 10:30am - 5:30pm

Whether you’re a seasoned French speaker or more comfortable with the dialogue of 'Allo 'Allo, we’d like you to become part of our Spectacular Translation Machine. With some of the UK's top literary translators on hand to guide you, including Daniel...

Adam Nicolson

Great Heights of Nature Writing

Sunday 13 August 10:30am - 11:30am

They haunt us and amuse us; they can be spellbinding and inspirational. Seabirds wield a strange power over humans, something which Adam Nicolson has attributed to their capacity to seem both distant from us, but also oddly connected. In The Seabird's...