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.

Henry McLeish

Citizens United

Monday 14 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Since stepping down as Scotland’s First Minister, Henry McLeish has built such a reputation as an expert on the EU and EU-American relations that, in the era of Trump and Brexit, he is increasingly in demand. His new book, Citizens United, focuses on...

Ten at Ten

Monday 14 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.

A Piece of You

Monday 14 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private chamber concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your innermost thoughts into your very...

Moving Image Archive

Showcasing Rare Treasures

Monday 14 August 10:00am - 5:00pm

The National Library of Scotland showcases rare print items and films from its collections, which capture and celebrate the unique stories from the New Towns of Scotland: East Kilbride, Cumbernauld, Glenrothes, Livingston and Irvine. Enjoy film...

Ross Raisin & Sarah Winman

The Conflict of Men’s Inner Lives

Monday 14 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Two of the country's finest writers explore the fragile conflict of men's emotional identities and the struggles with sexuality. Sarah Winman's Tin Man sees two men coming to terms with the reality of their teenage friendship. In A Natural, Ross Raisin...

Winnie-the-Pooh's Heffalump Hunt

Age 4-7

Monday 14 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Everyone's favourite bear is back in a new adventure, Winnie-the-Pooh: The Great Heffalump Hunt. When Pooh sets out to find a Heffalump, he ends up in a sticky situation. Will Piglet come to his rescue and will they ever find a Heffalump? Join actor and...

A Stone's Throw

Families & 7+

Monday 14 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...

Drawing on the Imagination

Families & 8+

Monday 14 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Do you like drawing? For fascinating insights, inspiration and top tips, join leading illustrators Lydia Monks, Helen Oxenbury and David Roberts. Discover what inspires them to transform writing into beautiful illustrations and find out their preferred...