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.

Curtains Up with Vivian French & Kristina Stephenson

Age 7-10

Saturday 19 August 10:00am - 12:00pm

Bestselling author-illustrator Kristina Stephenson and writer and former actor Vivian French love to tell stories by dramatising them. Today they offer you the opportunity to help devise a play – complete with props and music – based on Kristina’s...

Ten at Ten

Saturday 19 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.

Nick Sharratt: Clever Cat Creations

Age 4-7

Saturday 19 August 10:00am - 11:00am

When a dragon burns the king's castle to the ground, he and his clever cat must move into an ordinary house at number 37 Castle Close. But will this new house be dragon-proof? Festival favourite Nick Sharratt live draws the lavish illustrations from his...

Taking the Air

Create an Encyclopaedia

Saturday 19 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

Feeling ‘peched oot’ from rushing around the Festival? Pause for a lungful and help create an illuminated encyclopaedia exploring the language and history of breath and air. Contribute your words, definitions, drawings, poems and stories - or simply...

Lars Mytting & Rachel Seiffert

Echoing Cry of War

Saturday 19 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Norway’s internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood, Lars Mytting brings us his latest novel, The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, a deeply moving family story of epic scale. The Dark Room, by Rachel Seiffert, was shortlisted for the Man Booker...

Jerry Brotton

Sultana Isabel’s New Friends

Saturday 19 August 10:30am - 11:30am

‘Sultana Isabel’ was what Arab chroniclers called England’s Queen Elizabeth, and they delighted in her triumph over their mutual enemy, Spain’s Philip II. In This Orient Isle, Jerry Brotton shows that the links between England and the Islamic...

Joe Berger: Tricky Truths

Age 6-9

Saturday 19 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Have you ever told a lie? Sam Lyttle gets himself in all sorts of trouble because he is constantly fibbing. If he wants to stop getting into scrapes, he must learn to tell the truth. Hear author-illustrator Joe Berger read from Lyttle Lies: The Pudding...

Alan MacDonald: D.I.S.C.O

Age 6-9

Saturday 19 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Chaos returns with Dirty Bertie in the latest instalment of the bestselling series. This time Bertie has been tricked into attending the school disco with Angela Nicely. Hear from Bertie's creator Alan MacDonald and find out all about his latest...

Dexter Dias

The Renaissance Barrister

Saturday 19 August 11:00am - 12:00pm

Dexter Dias is a QC who has handled some of the biggest cases in the land and has a formidable reputation among his fellow barristers. He has also written five novels. Yet his new book, The Ten Types of Human, is completely different. A pioneering...

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