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.

Kate McLelland: Pony Pals

Age 3-6

Friday 18 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Author-illustrator Kate McLelland introduces Isla and her best friend Pickle, a cheeky Shetland pony who loves to eat Isla's dad's flowers. Hear Kate read from Isla & Pickle: Best Friends in this lively and playful event. Then get creative and draw a...

John Bryden & Lesley Riddoch

Checking Out the ‘Nordic Model’

Friday 18 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Before oil, Norway was one of the poorest countries in Europe; now it is one of the richest. But what lessons does it have for Scotland? In Northern Neighbours: Scotland and Norway Since 1800 editors John Bryden and Lesley Riddoch draw historical...

Ten at Ten

Friday 18 August 10:00am - 10:10am

A small yet perfectly formed reading from one of our Festival authors to start your day. Check the screen in the Entrance Tent to see who's reading today.

A Piece of You

Friday 18 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private chamber concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your innermost thoughts into your very...

Xan Brooks & Hannah Kent

Dark, Then Light

Friday 18 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Xan Brooks, named as one of the Observer’s New Faces of Fiction 2017, presents an assured debut, The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times, in which an orphan in a deep, dark wood realises monsters are more tragic than wicked, and the handsome...

Writing Animals

Timeless Characters in Children's Books

Friday 18 August 10:30am - 11:30am

From Peter Rabbit to The Wind in the Willows and The Gruffalo, our children’s books are packed with kittens in frocks and talking toads. Join Emer Stamp, creator of the very funny and gently anarchic Diary of Pig series of illustrated novels and Kat...

Stephen D King

An Uncertain Economic Future?

Friday 18 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Is globalisation now a busted flush? Senior economic adviser at HSBC, Stephen D King certainly believes that it is no longer the inevitable force it once appeared and that the rise of nationalism, Trump and Brexit are signs that the public’s patience...

Doctor Book

All Ages

Friday 18 August 10:30am - 3:30pm

Tell us what you like and Doctor Book will write you a prescription for some wonderful and inspiring new books to read. A simple medical procedure to cure your reading woes for babies, teens or even parents, courtesy of Edinburgh City Libraries.