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.

Nicci Cloke & Cathy MacPhail: Between the Eyes

Age 12+

Friday 18 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Cathy MacPhail and Nicci Cloke both have a reputation for gritty tales with a twist, and they certainly don't disappoint with their latest tense thrillers, Between the Lies and Close Your Eyes. Join them for a spine-tingling event as they share their...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Turkey: Erdogan’s Empire of Fear

Friday 18 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Turkey has one of the world’s worst human rights records in recent history and there's evidence of torture in the wake of the recent attempted coup. Hundreds of media outlets and NGOs were closed down and journalists, activists and MPs jailed. Today...

Gill Arbuthnott & Doug MacDonald: Dracula Detectives

Age 8-12

Friday 18 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Count Dracula has infected the villagers of Losthope with vampirism. But not all vampires have fangs, so how can the village know who to trust? Get gory with scientists Gill Arbuthnott and Doug MacDonald as you assist them with their experiments. Track...

Luke Wright

Putting Austerity to the Verse-sword

Friday 18 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Travel the unfashionable A-roads of England with award-winning poet and spoken word artist Luke Wright, performing work from his new collection The Toll. Discover a country riven by inequality but sustained by a surreal, gallows humour. In lines...

Nalo Hopkinson, Ken MacLeod, Ada Palmer & Charles Stross

Rockets to Utopia?

Friday 18 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Four leading writers explore speculative fiction’s role in imagining hopeful futures. Nalo Hopkinson is an important voice in Caribbean and Canadian fiction, and author of novels including Sister Mine, while Ada Palmer’s Seven Surrenders is the...

Simon Callow

An Extraordinary Life

Friday 18 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

As an actor, he’s played Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and Gareth in Four Weddings and a Funeral. As an author, he’s written compellingly about Oscar Wilde, Peggy Ramsay and about Being an Actor. But that’s not the half of what Simon Callow...

Ece Temelkuran & Jacqueline Woodson

Women and Secrets

Friday 18 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Stories of women fighting for their place in the world are illuminated by these two authors. In Women Who Blow on Knots, Ece Temelkuran's three friends set off on a road trip with a murderous 70 year old, Madam Lilla. Jacqueline Woodson's four heroines...

Kjell Ola Dahl & Alex Gray

Crimes Most Horrible

Friday 18 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

A key figure in Nordic Noir teams up with a Tartan Noir stalwart. Kjell Ola Dahl has just published Faithless, another tale for his Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich to get their teeth into, as a woman’s body is found wrapped in plastic. Alex...

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