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.

Jessica Thummel & Tommy Wieringa

This is a Man’s World

Sunday 20 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Two novels that explore the meaning of 21st century identity, masculinity and sexuality. Tommy Wieringa’s A Beautiful Young Wife tells of a brilliant microbiologist who believes he’s found happiness when he marries a much younger woman. Jessica...

Claire Barker & Ross Collins: Ghostly Adventures

Age 6-9

Sunday 20 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Claire Barker and Ross Collins's wonderfully whimsical Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog series is filled with delightful characters, magnificent mayhem and haunting hijinks. Come along and hear Claire read from this hugely successful series and watch as...

Jemima Foxtrot, Iona Lee, Sabrina Mahfouz & Sophia Walker

Phenomenal Women Speak Out

Sunday 20 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

While comedy still struggles with gender equality, the spoken word scene is well used to its biggest, most exciting exports being female. Following in the footsteps of Kate Tempest and Hollie McNish, we bring you some of the most exciting new talents in...

Tea, Cake and Romantic Tales

Age 12+

Sunday 20 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Enjoy a cup of tea, or juice, and a slice of cake (all included in the ticket price) as you get swept away by two historical tales of romance. Experience the glamorous parties and tantalising scandal of the Pre-Raphaelite world in Sophia Bennett's...

J M Gulvin & Antonio Manzini

Police Out of Their Comfort Zone

Sunday 20 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Fish-out-of-water investigators tie together the new crime books from J M Gulvin and Antonio Manzini. Gulvin’s Texas Ranger John Q is out of his depth in a hostile Louisiana as he tries to solve the mystery of a missing blues singer in The Contract,...

MacGillivray & Courtney Sina Meredith

Reshuffling the Pack

Sunday 20 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

MacGillivray and Courtney Sina Meredith are contemporary poets who play with the past and toy with tradition to create dynamic, daring new poetry and stories. MacGillivray’s The Nine of Diamonds reinterprets the story of the nine of diamonds, the...

Ali Smith

Autumn Glories

Sunday 20 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Read Ali Smith’s Autumn, the first of her seasonal quartet of novels, and you begin to wonder if there is anything that she couldn’t write about - and not just formally cover, but write about with inventiveness, intelligence and humanity. For once,...

Ann Pettifor

Reining in the Banks

Sunday 20 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

The UK-based South African political economist has three simple questions she believes we all want answers to: what is money, where does it come from and who controls it? Many of us could have a decent stab at those first two, but with Ann Pettifor...

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