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.

Garth Greenwell & Eimear McBride

How to Read a Novel

Monday 14 August 11:00am - 12:00pm

How can we best appreciate works of fiction and what makes a great novel? We've collaborated with the University of Edinburgh to create a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) called How to Read a Novel, which uses the James Tait Black Fiction Prize...

Ehsan Abdollahi & Azita Rassi's Big Draw

All Ages

Monday 14 August 11:00am - 1:00pm

Iranian illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi and translator Azita Rassi lead an interactive drawing session exploring the effects of colour. As you experiment with different coloured crayons to create a picture, think about how each of the colours makes you feel...

James Mayhew & Jackie Morris: Two By Two

Families & 7+

Monday 14 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Discover why Mrs Noah has so many pockets in her giant coat as James Mayhew and Jackie Morris present Mrs Noah's Pockets, their magical and unusual re-telling of Noah's Ark. This new spin on an ancient tale features a host of mythical creatures...

Thomas Morris

The Heart of the Matter

Monday 14 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

It may be 50 years since Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first heart transplant, but the glorious mystery of that much discussed, written and sung-about organ remains intact. Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award-winner Thomas Morris aims...