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.

Tom Devine & Angela McCarthy

Tea and Empire

Monday 14 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Join Scotland's premier historian, Professor Sir Tom Devine, and the renowned emigration scholar, Professor Angela McCarthy, as they explore the hidden histories of Scots in Asia including some surprising tales of tea and opium. The authors share their...

Outriders: Bonnie Jo Campbell & Jenni Fagan

USA: From the Rust Belt to Silicon Valley

Monday 14 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

As part of our project to explore the Americas, short story writer Bonnie Jo Campbell travelled across her home country with Scottish novelist and poet Jenni Fagan. The two writers started in derelict Detroit, then visited a tented city in Chicago and...

There Were Two Brothers

A Solo Show Gets Personal

Monday 14 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Inspired by an obscure 80s novel, actor and writer Mark Kydd has woven together fact and fiction to create There Were Two Brothers, an intimate, funny and heartfelt show about his experience of growing up gay in Scotland. Join Kydd for an unexpected...

Stuart MacBride

Murder, He Wrote

Monday 14 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

Aberdeen’s Stuart MacBride steps away from Logan McRae and Ash Henderson, the characters who have regularly planted him in the bestseller list, for A Dark So Deadly, a stand-alone thriller featuring DC Callum MacGregor. Having been demoted to a squad...


Island Getaway

Monday 14 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Take a break from the urban bustle of Edinburgh’s festivals and join the editors of the Island Review, Jordan Ogg and Malachy Tallack, as they bring together a spirited crew of writers and musicians for their Unbound debut. Expect celebration,...