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.

Dear Zoo Turns 35

All Ages

Thursday 17 August 1:30pm - 4:30pm

'I wrote to the Zoo to send me a pet…' Rod Campbell’s beloved classic Dear Zoo is 35 years old this year. Join us to celebrate with animal antics, arts and crafts.

Siri Hustvedt

A Life of Art and Science

Thursday 17 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

More than 50 years after the bust-up over C P Snow's famous Rede Lecture on the chasm between art and science, we welcome Siri Hustvedt, acclaimed American novelist and commentator on feminism, art criticism and philosophy, who analyses how the two...

Big Changes with Lisa Stickley

Age 3-6

Thursday 17 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Edith has moved to a new house and her bedroom is scarily big. Will she be able to settle in with the help of her toys? Lisa Stickley reads from her charming book, My New Room, offers tips on how to cope with big changes, and introduces you to a variety...

Charlie Fletcher & Ken MacLeod

The Final Curtains

Thursday 17 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Two trilogies from two bestselling writers come to a spectacular end in this event. The Remnant, Charlie Fletcher’s Victorian fantasy, has a finale in which the secret society keeping the natural and supernatural worlds apart falls into crisis. Far in...

Story Shop

Thursday 17 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Immerse yourself in short stories at Story Shop, hosted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Hear up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today. Check or our website in July for the line-up.

Aidan O'Rourke, James Robertson & Kit Downes

A Tune and a Story a Day

Thursday 17 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Scottish fiddler Aidan O’Rourke was inspired to write a tune a day for a whole year as a musical response to James Robertson’s book, 365, itself a collection of stories written on, and for, each day of the year. One year on, join O’Rourke and...