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.

Pet Problems with Adam Hargreaves

Age 4-7

Wednesday 16 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Adam Hargreaves, son of the Mr Men creator, presents the first book in his whimsical series, Molly Mischief: My Perfect Pet. Molly wants a pet elephant but he is far too big and clumsy. Hear Adam read from his very funny story, see him re-create some of...

Ten at Ten

Wednesday 16 August 10:00am - 10:10am

A small yet perfectly formed reading from one of our Festival authors to start your day. Check the screen in the Entrance Tent to see who's reading today.

A Piece of You

Wednesday 16 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private chamber concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your innermost thoughts into your very...

Jim Carruth & Thomas A Clark

Lie of the Land

Wednesday 16 August 10:15am - 11:15am

In Farm by the Shore, the Fife-based poet Thomas A Clark pens a tribute to the wildness of the Scottish landscape. Black Cart is the second poetry collection from Jim Carruth, the Glasgow Makar who has been nominated for numerous awards. For lovers of...

Linda Grant

Snapshot of Post-War Britain

Wednesday 16 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Journalist, Orange Prize-winner and Man Booker-shortlisted author Linda Grant turns her attention to 1950s Britain with the Second World War over but far from forgotten. In her new novel The Dark Circle, we meet a brother and sister who have been sent...
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James Hawes

How Europe’s Future Connects to Germany’s Past

Wednesday 16 August 10:30am - 11:30am

A Stone's Throw

Families & 7+

Wednesday 16 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Giddy Aunt Theatre use live music, storytelling and puppetry to explore our responsibility to the planet in their inventive and entertaining show. After a girl knocks the sun from the sky, plants start to die and the temperature drops. Follow the girl's...