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.

Ten at Ten

Monday 21 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.

Caroline Moorehead

Florentines Who Fought Fascism

Monday 21 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Following two bestselling books on the French Resistance, Caroline Moorehead turns her attention to their Italian equivalents. Drawing on a cache of untranslated letters and diaries, her new book A Bold and Dangerous Family tells the remarkable story of...

Eva Dolan & Volker Kutscher

Blood on the Tracks

Monday 21 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Two bestselling crime writers at the top of their game discuss character and assassination. In Eva Dolan's fourth Zigic and Ferreira investigation, a trans woman has been murdered. Was it a hate crime or a case of mistaken identity? Meanwhile, German...

Row Your Boat

Age 4-7

Monday 21 August 10:30am - 11:15am

Daphne the duck is getting ready for her bath when she discovers she has run out of bubble bath - what a disaster! Join Grinagog Theatre and help Daphne row her boat in this bubble-making, rollicking adventure full of live music and interaction.

Anna McQuinn: Learn with Lulu

Age 3-6

Monday 21 August 10:30am - 11:15am

Celebrate 10 years of Anna McQuinn's lovable Lulu series. Get crafting with Anna and create your own Mary Mary doll to decorate your garden or make a cute origami cat. Tickets admit 1 child and 1 accompanying adult. Adult supervision recommended.

That's Not My… Story Box

All Ages

Monday 21 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

Celebrate the 50 fantastic titles in the That's Not My… series including the brand new That's Not My Unicorn. Lots of touchy-feely, fluffy and sparkly crafts to keep you entertained.

Live Poetry Lab

70 Years of Festival Memories

Monday 21 August 11:00am - 2:00pm

Drop in to see live writing from Colin Herd, our resident poet, or watch it unfold online as he weaves in your contributions. His task is to create responses to people’s memories of the festivals in Edinburgh since they began 70 years ago. Contribute...