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.

Wioletta Greg & Édouard Louis


Monday 14 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Polish poet Wioletta Greg has turned her talents to fiction to produce her debut novel Swallowing Mercury. It’s a coming of age tale set in Communist Poland which examines the fine texture of a close-knit community on the cusp of change. Édouard...

Outriders: Ximena Escalante & Stef Smith

Mexico: From the US Border to Guatemala

Monday 14 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

As part of our project to explore the Americas, leading Mexican playwright Ximena Escalante travelled across Mexico with Scottish theatre writer Stef Smith. Starting in the US city of San Diego, they journeyed south across the Mexican border, making...

Paul Auster at 70

Spirit of '47

Monday 14 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

If you had to pick one writer to sum up the inventive spirit of the post-war transatlantic era, you could hardly do better than Paul Auster. Ever since he burst onto the scene with his New York Trilogy of interconnected novels, Auster has remained a...

James Tait Black Memorial Prize

Announcing the Winners

Monday 14 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

Prizes of £10,000 are on offer for the winners of these much-loved Scottish literary prizes. Shortlisted novelists are Jo Baker, Garth Greenwell, Eimear McBride and C E Morgan – each one assured international success for their latest books. Join some...

Ned Beauman & Martin MacInnes

Infinite Madness

Monday 14 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The swarming, sinister beauty of the natural world haunts two intoxicating thrillers. The ingeniously entertaining writing of Ned Beauman is offered up in Madness is Better than Defeat, in which two rival expeditions vie to take control of a Mayan...

Russel D McLean & Karolina Ramqvist

Women on the Edge

Monday 14 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Two women are left picking up the pieces when their boyfriends disappear leaving behind debt, danger and despair. Russel D McLean’s fantastically entertaining modern noir, Ed’s Dead, has bookshop worker Jen accidentally killing her drug dealer...

Gillian Clarke & Lorna Goodison

Stanza Stars

Monday 14 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Former National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke is 'one of the most widely respected poets in the world' according to Carol Ann Duffy, her co-editor on The Map and the Clock. She is here not only to launch her new collection, Zoology, but also to read...

Visions of the Future: India and Pakistan

Can a Partnership Ever Be Forged?

Monday 14 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Seventy years after independence from the British Empire, relations between Pakistan and India veer between cool and downright hostile. With tense borders, little trade and a history of violence haunting contemporary relations, what are the options for...