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.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Love is a Human Right

Thursday 17 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Every day across the globe, sexual orientation and gender identity leads to discrimination, violence, imprisonment, torture or even execution and Amnesty International campaigns so that everyone can enjoy full human rights protections. Today, Festival...

Alice Broadway & Juno Dawson: Tattoos and Coping Tactics

Age 14+

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

In Alice Broadway's Ink and Juno Dawson's Margot & Me, family secrets are unearthed and hidden stories discovered. Join two immensely talented authors of young adult fiction as they share tales of tattoos, love, loss and forgiveness and explore how best...

Lord Fox

A Tale for Our Times

Thursday 17 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

From songmaker Kirsty Law, author Kirsty Logan and contemporary harpist Esther Swift comes a dark and transporting new performance, Lord Fox. Inspired by the traditional tale of seduction, curiosity, violence and revenge, this show is a contemporary...

Gbontwi Anyetei & Ryan Gattis

Treading the Mean Streets

Thursday 17 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Urban crime dramas with maverick central characters connect these two novels. Gbontwi Anyetei’s Mensah drops us into a deprived part of London where an African community is served well by the eponymous problem-solver until one job threatens...

Denise Mina

Taking the Leap from Fiction to Faction

Thursday 17 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Acclaimed crime fiction writer Denise Mina has recently dipped her toe into the often controversial world of the true crime novel. The Long Drop recalls the 1957 pub encounter when Peter Manuel convinced William Watt that he could find the weapon used...

Imagined Theatres

Visions of the World on Stage

Thursday 17 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Imagined Theatres is a unique flight of fancy, a daring project of the imagination. Inspired by Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges, American theatre maker Daniel Sack asked 121 writers and artists to respond with new visions of the world, no more than...

Luke Allnutt, Nikita Gill & Katherine May

Read Next Year’s Bestsellers Now

Thursday 17 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Discover three of the hottest debut authors before everyone else. Luke Allnutt’s heartbreaking novel We Own The Sky is inspired by his battle with cancer and was fought over by publishers; Nikita Gill is one of our most exciting ‘Instapoets’,...
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Chris Patten

Confessions of a Grand Poobah

Thursday 17 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm