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.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra's Instrument Armoury

All Ages

Sunday 13 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

Have you ever seen musicians on stage and wondered what it would be like to play a musical instrument? Now's your chance to give it a shot with talented performers from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Tune up on a cello, flutter on the flute or toot a...

James Runcie

Goodbye to Grantchester

Sunday 13 August 11:45am - 12:45pm

In Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love, the sixth and final book in James Runcie’s Grantchester Mysteries, we have moved forward to the 1970s and our amateur detective priest finds himself investigating drug-dealing hippies. An engagingly...

Frank Cottrell Boyce: Life on Earth

Families & 10+

Sunday 13 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

In Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce introduces the Blythe family, a big, warm, rambunctious bunch who live on a farm and sometimes foster children. Now Prez has come to live with them, followed by Sputnik, a...

New School Nerves with Lydia Monks

Age 4-7

Sunday 13 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Illustrator Lydia Monks introduces the first book in her Twit Twoo School series, Mouse's Big Day. Mouse is feeling nervous about starting school but with the help of new friends she might find that it's not so bad after all. Join Lydia to meet some...

Garrett Carr & Julian Sayarer

Travels With and Without a Hitch

Sunday 13 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

In The Rule of the Land, Garrett Carr walks along Northern Ireland’s wriggling frontier, recently all but forgotten but now hauled back into the headlines thanks to Brexit. For Julian Sayarer’s award-winning Interstate, the canvas is contrastingly...

Nothing But the Poem on John Burnside & Robert Lowell

Reading Workshop

Sunday 13 August 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Today's workshop explores enlightening ideas across the Atlantic and down the decades, in poems by contemporary giant of Scottish poetry John Burnside, and American Robert Lowell in the year of his centenary. This is a relaxed shared reading discussion...