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.

The Quito Papers Edinburgh

Reimagining Future Cities

Monday 14 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Though written in 1933, the Charter of Athens still defines how and why cities are built. The Quito Papers is an ambitious global project, led by Richard Sennett and Saskia Sassen, which is rethinking the vision of how towns and cities are built in the...

Island Adventures with Ron Butlin & Janis Mackay

Age 10-14

Monday 14 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Delve into two captivating tales with award-winning writers Ron Butlin and Janis Mackay. Ron's Steve & FranDan Take on the World features a one-woman quest to rescue her friends, while Janis's Wild Song is the delightful story of a boy who overcomes his...

Ehsan Abdollahi & Pippa Goodhart: Bottling Happiness

Age 4-7

Monday 14 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Can happiness be bottled? If it could, what would go into your bottle? Author Pippa Goodhart and Iranian illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi lead a collaborative art workshop based on their story, A Bottle of Happiness. Join them for a joyful hands-on hour of...

Afternoon Tea with Niranjala M Ellawala & Prakash Sivanathan

A Taste of Tradition

Monday 14 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Husband and wife team Niranjala M Ellawala and Prakash Sivanthan have been running the award-winning Elephant Walk restaurant in London for eight years. Today they introduce Sri Lanka: The Cookbook, bringing together 100 of their best recipes alongside...
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Dilip Hiro

Bloody Birth of Two Nations

Monday 14 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Bella Bathurst & Min Kym

Exploring Sound, Music and Loss

Monday 14 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Incredible loss and the slow journey back to equilibrium connects these authors. Bella Bathurst began to go deaf 20 years ago, but in 2009 a revelation occurred leading her to explore our relationship with sound and Sound is the result. Musical prodigy...

Iain Martin

How the City got Slicker

Monday 14 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Even before Brexit, the City of London faced a whirlwind of challenges. Crash Bang Wallop by Iain Martin, columnist for the Times, founding editor of pro-market news website Reaction and former editor of the Scotsman, tells how it handled financial...

Christopher Fleet, Margaret Wilkes & Charles Withers

Top of the Charts

Monday 14 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Scotland: Mapping the Islands by Christopher Fleet, Margaret Wilkes and Charles Withers, is not only the first full-length study of the subject but a work of great beauty too. Let them lead you on a journey of understanding, from 16th century Italian...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Last Line of Defence

Monday 14 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Human rights defenders risk their lives daily to champion the rights of other people, challenging brutality, oppression and injustice in every part of the world. They hold powerful people to account and support the survivors of human rights abuses. The...