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.

Ten at Ten

Thursday 17 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.

BBC Radio 4 Front Row

Live Recording with Festival Authors

Thursday 17 August 10:00am - 11:00am

An opportunity to be part of the audience for a recording of BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts programme. This morning in our Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Front Row, presented by Val McDermid, invites a panel of our Festival authors to talk about their new...

A Piece of You

Thursday 17 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...

Louise Doughty & Ariana Harwicz

Radical and Right

Thursday 17 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Hear two prize-winning authors whose work has received plaudits here and abroad. Louise Doughty follows her top 10 bestseller Apple Tree Yard with Black Water. Set against the Indonesian military dictatorship of the 1960s, it explores dark events...
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Stephen Taylor

A Fifer Worth Following

Thursday 17 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Dads Rock

Age 3-6

Thursday 17 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Dads Rock run playgroups across Edinburgh for kids and their rock-loving dads. Now, they bring their blend of stories, rhymes and songs to the Festival. Joining in with their legendary rendition of 'We Will Rock You' is obligatory. Tickets admit 1 child...

Howard Jacobson

Consolation of Savage Satire

Thursday 17 August 10:30am - 11:30am

This year has left many of us reeling, speechless. Following Trump's election, Man Booker winner Howard Jacobson wrote Pussy, a comic fairy tale, while gripped by ‘a fury of disbelief’. The story tells of Prince Fracassus, an idle, illiterate,...

Jonathan Miles

Matryoshka City Stories

Thursday 17 August 11:00am - 12:00pm

The city we know as St Petersburg (having also been Petrograd and Leningrad in the last century) has a colourful backstory. Cultural historian Jonathan Miles explores 300 years of a city which features murder, massacre and madness as well as art, love...