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.

Siri Hustvedt with Elif Shafak

Bodies of Experience

Friday 18 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

From Dickens to Vermeer and psychoanalysis to neuroscience, Siri Hustvedt is a writer of remarkable range and insight. In today’s event she talks to acclaimed Turkish novelist and writer Elif Shafak about the self, bodily experience and the role of...

Omar Robert Hamilton & Aleš Šteger

Caught in the Fire

Friday 18 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

You had to be there. In his debut novel, Omar Robert Hamilton's The City Always Wins is a pen-portrait of intensity as two ordinary people are caught up in an extraordinary moment trying to change the world. The forces of good and evil also collide in...

David Colmer

Dada Darling

Friday 18 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

David Colmer, an Australian translator of Dutch literature based in Amsterdam, presents Occupied City, a key work of the Dadaist movement by Paul van Ostaijen. Avant-garde poet, satirist and revolutionary critic, he introduced Expressionism into Belgium...

Douglas Dunn

Recollections in Tranquillity

Friday 18 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Winner of the first ever Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 1985 for Elegies and a giant of the poetry stage ever since, Douglas Dunn presents his much-anticipated new collection, The Noise of a Fly, his first for 16 years and the first since being...

Kat Patrick: Loving Life

Age 7-10

Friday 18 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Get curious and creative with Kat Patrick as she presents the witty and irreverent tales of Doodle Cat. Follow Doodle Cat's example and learn to love life as Kat offers top tips to help you unleash your potential and let your imagination run wild.

Tea, Cake and Intricate Designs with Eric Broug

Families & 8+

Friday 18 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Eric Broug’s Islamic Design Workbook is an innovative colouring book full of intricate Islamic designs. Eric shares his tips for drawing and colouring beautiful geometric designs and gives you the chance to get creative while indulging in a cup of...

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Opening Up the Race Debate

Friday 18 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Reni Eddo-Lodge’s impassioned blog on Britain’s failing debate on race and racism went viral. Entitled Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, it touched a nerve and sparked fierce discussion. It galvanised Eddo-Lodge into...

Laura Dockrill & Tanya Landman: Pushing the Boundaries

Age 12+

Friday 18 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

In Laura Dockrill's Aurabel, a Mer is attacked by sea beasts and left for dead, while in Tanya Landman's Beyond the Wall, a runaway slave girl takes a dangerous journey in search of freedom. Meet the authors of two fantastic pieces of fiction for young...

Mark Price

From Waitrose to Whitehall

Friday 18 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Is there anything Mark Price hasn’t done? Formerly Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chair of Channel 4, he’s now a life peer and was recently made Trade Minister for the government. Price joins us today to explain why employee engagement is...