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.

Freedom to Think

Getting Creative with Crafts

Saturday 19 August 11:00am - 1:00pm

Children’s creativity campaign Freedom to Think provides inspiration to get creative juices flowing. Drop in to try your hand at drawing, making and modelling with bestselling author Jonathan Stroud. He started the campaign because he believes young...

Get Stuck Into Science with the Royal Society

All Ages

Saturday 19 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

Ignite your creativity with hands-on family activities, surprising science experiments and interesting crafts inspired by the shortlist of the Royal Society's 2017 Young People’s Book Prize. Browse the six shortlisted books and cast your vote for the...

Isla Fisher

Age 5-8

Saturday 19 August 11:45am - 12:45pm

Hollywood actor Isla Fisher has played many roles over the years, from a bonkers bridesmaid in Wedding Crashers to the poster girl for consumerism in Confessions of a Shopaholic. But her favourite role has been being a mum and making up stories at...

Horses that Rock with Tor Freeman & Gavin Puckett

Age 6-9

Saturday 19 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Create rocking rhymes and rip-roaring illustrations with author Gavin Puckett and illustrator Tor Freeman as they introduce you to Hendrix the Rocking Horse. Hendrix is just an ordinary horse, until one day he discovers a love of music. When he finds a...

Martin Brown: Lesser Spotted Animals

Age 4-7

Saturday 19 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Take an around-the-world expedition with Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown and discover some of the lesser spotted creatures of the animal kingdom. Then draw your favourite finds. Expect singing, dancing and lots of fun in this wildly...

Poets Laureate: I Wandered Lonely as a Crowd

Brilliant Contemporary Poets

Saturday 19 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

What does it mean to be a poet and represent a collective voice? Luke Wright guides us through 350 topical years of Poets Laureate – from Dryden to Duffy – as four brilliant contemporary poets perform their work and make a bid for a Laureateship of...

Chris Mould & Steve Webb: Tunnel of Doom

Age 6-9

Saturday 19 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

In Spangles McNasty and the Tunnel of Doom, Spangles has inherited a rickety old rollercoaster and is trying to make money by tricking people onto it. Can local boy Freddie stop him in his tracks? Come along to find out how Steve Webb uses bonkers...

Celebrate Diversity with Tessa Strickland

Age 4-7

Saturday 19 August 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Tessa Strickland introduces her beautiful book, The Barefoot Book of Children. Bring along your favourite hat to help Tessa uncover the similarities that hide in our differences. A fun, inclusive event celebrating the diversity of humanity (and...