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.


Alexander Betts & Sarah Harper

Crossing Continents

Monday 21 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

The refugee crisis is the defining issue of our times, argues Alexander Betts, and we urgently need new approaches. In Refuge, he suggests a few: matching skills to need and special economic zones among them. Such rethinking, says Sarah Harper in How...

Coming of Age with Christoffer Carlsson & Cat Clarke

Age 14+

Monday 21 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Meet the award-winning authors behind two intriguing novels for young adults. Christoffer Carlsson's October is the Coldest Month is the powerful story of a teenage girl's awakening, while Cat Clarke's Girlhood is a darkly compulsive tale of love, death...

The Word Scientific

Getting Children Interested

Monday 21 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

How can complex ideas about science be made accessible to young readers? And how do young people learn to write about scientific concepts themselves? Using the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize shortlist as an example, science writer Gill...

Stephen McGann

An Acting Family Tree Rose Up

Monday 21 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Stephen McGann comes from a renowned British acting clan (Joe, Paul and Mark complete this quartet) but don’t expect his study of the McGann family to be a run-of-the-mill memoir. Instead, he’s told the history of the McGanns through seven maladies...

Joanna Cannon & Katy Mahood

Read Next Year’s Bestsellers Now

Monday 21 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Joanna Cannon’s The Trouble with Goats and Sheep became one of the most talked about debut novels of 2016. Her second, Three Things About Elsie publishes in early 2018 as does Katy Mahood’s debut, Entanglement. The two novelists exclusively preview...