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.

Martin Brown & Mark Price: Checkmate

Families & 8+

Saturday 19 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

The Foolish King: The Secret History of Chess teaches you how to play the strategy game with the help of wacky and original characters. Learn the secrets of chess with author Mark Price while illustrator Martin Brown brings to life the whimsical...

Afternoon Tea with Davy Zyw

Finger Sandwiches and Fizz

Saturday 19 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Davy Zyw certainly knows his way around a champagne cork. As the youngest British wine waiter to work for the Roux brothers, he’s risen through the ranks to become an expert who appeals to both the connoisseur and casual drinker. Join him to hear...

Tahir Abbas & Kaya Genç

Whither Turkey

Saturday 19 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Two of the most probing commentators on modern Turkey, novelist and essayist Kaya Genç and the political scientist and researcher on international defence and security Tahir Abbas, assess the political, economic and cultural future of Turkey. Now that...

Kathryn Evans & Penny Joelson: Unusual Debuts

Age 12+

Saturday 19 August 4:15pm - 5:15pm

Last year's Book Festival First Book Award winner Kathryn Evans reads from her winning novel for young adults More of Me. She joins Penny Joelson whose book I Have No Secrets centres on a young girl with cerebral palsy confronting a terrible secret....

Burhan Sönmez & Deepak Unnikrishnan

Voices in the Silence

Saturday 19 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

In Istanbul, Istanbul, novelist Burhan Sönmez remembers prisoners quietly telling each other stories as a way of surviving. In Temporary People, Deepak Unnikrishnan also gives voice to those who would be silent: migrant workers; a woman who stitches...

Harry Baker

Performing Poetry with Charm

Saturday 19 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Meet the man who is a World Poetry Slam Champion turned full-time poet via a maths degree. Following on from his debut collection, The Sunshine Kid, Harry Baker brings a selection of old favourites and brand new poems to the Book Festival this year....