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.


Jorn Lier Horst & Denzil Meyrick

Putting the Euro Heat on Cold Cases

Sunday 13 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Christmas 1983 in a small Norwegian town, a young police officer investigates an unsolved mystery which will shape his life for the coming years. Jorn Lier Horst devotees will be delighted to learn of the prequel to the bestselling William Wisting...
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Filip Springer

This Town, Getting Like a Ghost Town

Sunday 13 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Rachel McCrum & Miriam Nash

Heavenly Voices

Sunday 13 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Meet two outstanding Scottish poets with debut collections. Miriam Nash grew up on the Isle of Erraid (made famous by the lighthouse Stevensons) and voices of the island echo through All the Prayers in the House. Fans of popular poet and performer...

Rick Bass & Tessa Hadley

A Quiet Word

Sunday 13 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Drawn from 30 years' work and published in Britain for the first time, For a Little While by Rick Bass, a former petroleum geologist from Texas and a master of the short story, displays a quiet ability to disarm as well as enchant. Tessa Hadley's third...

Angus Farquhar & Diane M Watters

Resurrection of St Peter’s

Sunday 13 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

In St Peter’s, Cardross, architectural historian Diane M Watters and Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of the Glasgow-based arts organisation NVA, tell the fascinating story of the short-lived (1966-79) Catholic seminary that has been called both the...

No Dogs, No Indians

A Legacy that Lingers Long

Sunday 13 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

To mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, Siddhartha Bose presents an evening of readings, performance, music and discussion exploring the effects and legacy of the British in India. Prompted by his new theatrical production, No Dogs, No...

Carol Ann Duffy

A Laureate’s Posy of Poetry

Sunday 13 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

No Edinburgh International Book Festival would be complete without Carol Ann Duffy, Britain's Scotland-born Poet Laureate, whether reading her own incomparable work or – as here – that of poets from all over the world. Some of these will be from The...