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.

Open Book on Days Without End

Reading Workshop

Monday 21 August 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Marjorie Lotfi Gill and Claire Urquhart from Open Book, a charity that organises shared reading groups, look at Days Without End by Sebastian Barry. Set during the Great Famine it follows the fortunes of Thomas McNulty, an Irish immigrant to North...

Yuval Zommer: Valuable Friendships

Age 3-6

Monday 21 August 1:45pm - 2:45pm

Author-illustrator Yuval Zommer’s Big Brown Bear’s Cave is the charming tale of a bear who has gathered so many things in his cave, he doesn't have any space for his friends. Help Yuval decide what things Bear can throw away to make room for his...

Tom Feiling & Robert Twigger

Hidden Past, Familiar Places

Monday 21 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Opening up a fresh understanding of places we think we know is the motivation behind these authors’ new books. In The Island That Disappeared, Tom Feiling explores Providence, just off the coast of Nicaragua, which is now home to a mix of devout...

Abir Mukherjee & Kaite Welsh

Partners in Crime

Monday 21 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Kaite Welsh, journalist and critic, presents a brilliant new historical crime series set in the underworld of Victorian Edinburgh and featuring the medic-detective, Sarah Gilchrist. Abir Mukherjee offers a second turn for Captain Sam Wyndham and...
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Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Who Will Watch the Watchers?

Monday 21 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Ron Butlin & Preti Taneja

Everything to Excess

Monday 21 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Two completely different writers take on different continents and different generations, tackling the corrosive issue of having too much money. In Billionaires' Banquet, Ron Butlin, former Edinburgh Makar, explores the morally bankrupt life of his...

Story Shop

Monday 21 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Immerse yourself in short stories at Story Shop, hosted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Hear up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today. Check www.cityofliterature.com or our website in July for the line-up.

In Therapy with Susie Orbach: Laura Albert

The Writer Who Invented J T Leroy

Monday 21 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

In a fascinating exercise in public therapy, US author Laura Albert places herself on the couch to explore the motivations that led her to develop the persona of Jeremiah ‘Terminator’ Leroy (J T Leroy). Leading the session is acclaimed writer and...

Luke Kennard & André Naffis-Sahely

Poetic Engines of Invention

Monday 21 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Poets take us to unexpected, unnerving revelatory places. Luke Kennard’s stylistically inventive sixth collection is a poetic conversation with Cain, the first murderer, as he seeks meaning and faith in modern life. André Naffis-Sahely’s debut...

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