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.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

In the Minority

Saturday 19 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

All over the world, groups of people remain under threat from the mainstream population of their country. These persecuted minorities all share rich traditions of storytelling and today’s readings include writing selected by the Uyghur people of...

Reni Eddo-Lodge, iO Tillett Wright with Jackie Kay

Let's Talk About Identity, Race and Gender

Saturday 19 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge’s impassioned blog Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race went viral and the subsequent book is a vital exploration of privilege, class, gender and denial. As she transitions from male to female, Juno...

Iosi Havilio & Luke Kennard

Buddhas of Suburbia

Saturday 19 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Two uncanny and unnerving imaginings of modern suburban life from two formidable literary talents. Luke Kennard invites you to take part in The Transition, a six-month mentorship for young couples trying to learn responsibility and become adults. While...

Modern Love with Brian Conaghan & Sarah Crossan

Age 14+

Saturday 19 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

We Come Apart, a contemporary twist on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, is a stunning account of love and heartbreak that challenges social expectations. Award-winning authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan get together to share their gripping...

Zadie Smith

Dancing with Dreams

Saturday 19 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

It’s been five years since Zadie Smith was last among us, and that’s far too long. She’s back with Swing Time, a novel about friendship between two girls who dream of being dancers and the gaps that open up as their paths in life diverge. Come...

Dilys Rose & Francis Spufford

On the Edge of Enlightenment

Saturday 19 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Two novels set on the cusp of the modern world. In Unspeakable, Dilys Rose brings to life Thomas Aikenhead, a confident 20 year old student at Edinburgh University who, in 1697, was the last person to be hanged for blasphemy. Widely admired for his...

Kayo Chingonyi & Adam O'Riordan

Elegant and Essential Poetry

Saturday 19 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Two of the most intoxicating and exciting voices in British poetry come together to present new collections that capture the beauty, wonder and folly of life. Kumukanda is the long-awaited first full-length collection by poet Kayo Chingonyi. A Herring...

John Gordon Sinclair

Facing Down the Mafia

Saturday 19 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Putting yet further distance between himself and Gregory’s Girl, John Gordon Sinclair introduces his third crime novel, Walk in Silence. When an organised crime outfit kidnaps a boy and demands one of their own is released, lawyer Keira Lynch is...