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.

Bushy Beards with Duncan Beedie

Age 3-6

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

When Jim the lumberjack realises that he is chopping down the homes of lots of woodland creatures, he has an ingenious idea - to rehouse them in his beard! Duncan Beedie brings you his heartwarming book The Lumberjack's Beard and teaches you the...

John Lister-Kaye

A Very Natural Childhood

Monday 21 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Sir John Lister-Kaye is one of Scotland’s best-known naturalists and conservationists, famed for his work with Gavin Maxwell and for setting up the Aigas Field Centre. In The Dun Cow Rib, launched at the Book Festival today, he reveals how, as a boy,...

Christopher Beanland & Tom Dyckhoff

Pros and Cons of a Concrete World

Monday 21 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Depending on your view, our modern cities are either a triumph of design or the result of architectural tyranny. Critic Tom Dyckhoff examines the radical facelifts our urban spaces have been given over the last half century and concludes that certain...

Afternoon Tea with Vivek Singh

A Merging of Flavours

Monday 21 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

TV foodie and executive chef of The Cinnamon Club, Vivek Singh has been deliciously merging authentic Indian cuisine with western styles for many years. Today, he shares his insights into the significance of food in India, where diversity of religion...

Adam Roberts

India à la Modi

Monday 21 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Will India ever live up to its potential? So much depends, says the Economist‘s Adam Roberts in Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation, on just one man. Narendra Modi, India's current Prime Minister, is driven, full of self-belief, insistent that good...

Edwin Morgan Poetry Award

Portuguese-Scottish Poetry in Translation

Monday 21 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Translation was fundamental to Edwin Morgan’s work as a poet. Thanks to the Edwin Morgan Trust, that commitment to bringing the voices of foreign cultures into English and Scots remains possible. Here we welcome three acclaimed Portuguese poets -...

John Keay & Craig Murray

Some Talk of Alexanders

Monday 21 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Alexander Burnes and Alexander Gardner both lived lives of improbable adventure and danger on the British Raj’s north-west frontier. In Sikunder Burnes, Craig Murray tells how Burnes was a martyr to early British bungling in Afghanistan, while John...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Dangerous Dispatches

Monday 21 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

More than 1,236 journalists have been killed in the line of duty since 1992 - press freedom is continually under threat and reporting the news is one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. Despite this, reporters and photographers continue to document...