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.

Will Self & Richard Sennett

Draughtsmen Drafting

Monday 14 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Our Writing the City events continue with a fascinating conversation between novelist, commentator and psychogeographer Will Self and Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. Taking inspiration from Italo Calvino's...

Sunil Khilnani

Stars of India

Monday 14 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

From the Buddha to billionaire businessmen, Bollywood heroes to bandits, in Incarnations Sunil Khilnani, Director of the King's India Institute, picks 50 lives to tell the story of his country’s history. According to William Dalrymple in the Guardian,...

Magnus Mills

The Vinyl Countdown

Monday 14 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

High Fidelity meets Kafka in The Forensic Records Society, Magnus Mills’s novel about a pub club for vinyl enthusiasts which is thrown into disarray and schism through its founder’s uncompromising dogmatism and then by the arrival of a young woman....

Metaphrog: The Little Mermaid

Age 8-12

Monday 14 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Popular graphic novelist duo Metaphrog present The Little Mermaid, a beautifully illustrated new version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. Learn how they turn well-known tales into graphic novels and watch in awe as they recreate some of their...

Frann Preston-Gannon's Big Draw

All Ages

Monday 14 August 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Prepare to go primitive with Dave's Rock creator Frann Preston-Gannon. Decorate your own caveman beard with wool, feathers and glitter, before striking a pose in front of our prehistoric cave scene.

Story Shop

Monday 14 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Immerse yourself in short stories at Story Shop, hosted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Hear up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today. Check or our website in July for the line-up.

Julian Clary & David Roberts: Crazy Camping

Families & 6+

Monday 14 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Comedian, entertainer and novelist Julian Clary and award-winning illustrator David Roberts bring you the hilarious third instalment of animal madness in The Bolds On Holiday. Britain’s craziest family are camping by the sea when Bobby Bold gets...