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.

Yiyun Li

A Remarkable Memoir

Thursday 17 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

In 2012, Yiyun Li, the award-winning Chinese-American fiction writer, twice tried to kill herself. When she left hospital, everyone was full of advice: ‘You should do this or that; you must isolate yourself less.’ But instead she wrote her memoir,...

Peter Høeg & Michelle Paver

Thrilling Fiction

Thursday 17 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

Twenty-five years after his acclaimed novel Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, Peter Høeg shares his topical Danish techno-thriller The Susan Effect, set at a time of political unrest. Michelle Paver, well-known for her award-winning children's books,...


The Donaldsons Strike Back!

Thursday 17 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

After storming the Spiegeltent in 2015, legend of children’s literature Julia Donaldson, and her husband Malcolm, return to the Unbound stage for more rambunctious stories and songs. The creator of the world-famous Gruffalo has escaped for one night...