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.

Andrew Greig & Mike Heron

Incredible String Bands

Friday 18 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

The hugely influential Incredible String Band was born when Mike Heron was training to be an accountant. When he first heard them, Andrew Greig immediately formed a band in their image. You Know What You Could Be, a dual memoir - of a band hitting the...

There Were Two Brothers

A Solo Show Gets Personal

Friday 18 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Inspired by an obscure 80s novel, actor and writer Mark Kydd has woven together fact and fiction to create There Were Two Brothers, an intimate, funny and heartfelt show about his experience of growing up gay in Scotland. Join Kydd for an unexpected...

Laurie Penny

Taking Bigotry to Task

Friday 18 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

A self-confessed ‘nerd, nomad and activist’, Laurie Penny is a potent commentator about feminism, gender and political dystopia, all of which helped make her the youngest nominee ever of the Orwell Prize. With a fierce intelligence, she has...


Kayo Chingonyi & Friends

Friday 18 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Kayo Chingonyi is one of the most exciting new voices in UK poetry. His debut collection Kumukanda is a powerful, hilarious exploration of race and masculinity which kicks hard against easy notions of identity. Host of wordy wonders in London like The...