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.

Teddy Bear Life Drawing

All Ages

Thursday 17 August 11:00am - 1:00pm

Bring along your teddy bear for an art class with a difference. Susie Hodge, author of Why is Art Full of Naked People?, shows you how to draw your teddy bear in a variety of styles, from impressionism to pointillism.

Stef Penney

Back to the Arctic

Thursday 17 August 11:45am - 12:45pm

Winner of the Costa Prize for The Tenderness of Wolves, Stef Penney makes a welcome return to the Arctic with Under a Pole Star, in which a whaler’s daughter from Dundee leads an 1889 British expedition to northern Greenland, and falls for an American...

John Burnside

Unlikely Friendships

Thursday 17 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

One of the most acclaimed writers of his generation, poet, memoirist and novelist John Burnside today treats us to two new works. The hugely praised Ashland & Vine is the beautifully woven tale of an unlikely friendship between a grieving,...

Philip Hoare & Ian Stephen

Down to the Sea Again

Thursday 17 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Samuel Johnson Prize-winner Philip Hoare looks at the ways in which humans have conveyed the elusive lure of the sea and its enigmatic creatures in RisingTideFallingStar. Writer, storyteller, and former Lewis coastguard Ian Stephen mixes memoir,...

Claire Askew & Russell Jones

Edinburgh, City of Poetry

Thursday 17 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Whether you’re at the Diggers pub, the Café Royal or practically anywhere else in Edinburgh, the chances are a poet has been there before you - invariably a good one and not too long ago either. Get inspired to find new ways to explore the city with...