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.

Susie Hodge: Why is Art Full of Naked People?

Families & 8+

Thursday 17 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Susie Hodge helps you understand art in her new book Why is Art Full of Naked People?, an accessible and educational introduction to art history. What's with all the fruit? And is this piece finished? Susie answers all the questions that you've been...

Silly Swines with Emer Stamp

Age 5-10

Thursday 17 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Pig is back in The Big, Fat, Totally Bonkers Diary of Pig. Life at the farm is completely crazy - you wouldn’t believe some of the things that happen. But Pig says they are 10,000% true and he is not pig-ing around! Author-illustrator Emer Stamp will...

Richard Reed

Innocent Advice

Thursday 17 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Successful business people such as Richard Reed will always have good advice to offer. But the man behind Innocent, the juice brand, is here to discuss the words of wisdom that kept him motivated to transform a smoothie stall into a multi-million pound...

Afternoon Tea with Joudie Kalla

Culinary Delights

Thursday 17 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

While there has been a recent upswing in interest about Middle Eastern cuisine, the food of Palestine remains something of an enigma. London-based chef Joudie Kalla is here to change all that as she brings us memories of growing up in a Palestinian...

David Olusoga

Black and British

Thursday 17 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers a revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new research, original records and expert...

David Long: Survivors

Families & 8+

Thursday 17 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Writer and historian David Long shocks and amazes young and old alike with his beautifully illustrated anthology Survivors. Can a man survive in the Atlantic drinking shark blood instead of water? Come along to find out and hear David reveal more...

Andrew O'Hagan

Identity Parades

Thursday 17 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

In a year when Orwell's 1984 became a literary hit all over again, issues around surveillance, technology, the state and individual are firmly back on the agenda. In The Secret Life, Andrew O’Hagan not only creates a new identity for himself, but...

Building on Author Events

Literacy Specialist Shares Tips For Teachers

Thursday 17 August 5:30pm - 6:45pm

Want to make the most of your class visit to the Book Festival, author visits to your school or online author talks? Poet and literacy specialist Georgi Gill shares tips and ideas for activities to help you harness the enthusiasm of your pupils and...

Adam Roberts & Jo Walton with Ken MacLeod

What Makes SF so Great?

Thursday 17 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

How is science fiction sharpened by the dialogue between writers and critics and between fans and academics? Today, Guest Selector Ken MacLeod joins writer and University of London lecturer Adam Roberts, whose protagonist in new novella Bethany has been...