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

Tuesday 22 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.

Alison Weir

Anne Boleyn: A Kings Obsession

Tuesday 22 August 10:00am - 11:00am

After shattering many myths about Henry VIII’s first wife in her last novel, Alison Weir uncovers his second wife's life in Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession. Not only did Anne stall the king for six years, but she also shaped the course of history in...

Lucy Hughes-Hallett & Michèle Roberts

Troubling Times

Tuesday 22 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Award-winning Michèle Roberts presents The Walworth Beauty, a haunting novel about prostitution and poverty in Victorian London, while Samuel Johnson Prize winner Lucy Hughes-Hallett discusses Peculiar Ground, a story of love and growing old, agitators...

Row Your Boat

Age 4-7

Tuesday 22 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.

Mysteries of the Museum

All Ages

Tuesday 22 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

Discover some of the amazing objects from the National Museum of Scotland and then use them as the inspiration for your own exciting stories with the help of Museum Mystery Squad author Mike Nicholson.

Oliver Emanuel on L'Assommoir

Reading Workshop

Tuesday 22 August 11:00am - 12:30pm

In our workshop today, playwright Oliver Emanuel explores L’Assommoir by Émile Zola, the 7th novel in the 20 volume series Les Rougon-Macquart. Regarded as one of Zola's most influential masterpieces, it studies alcoholism and poverty in...

Live Poetry Lab

70 Years of Festival Memories

Tuesday 22 August 11:00am - 2:00pm

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

Bushy Beards with Duncan Beedie

Age 3-6

Tuesday 22 August 11:45am - 12:45pm

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...

Jamie Jauncey

Tales of Don Roberto

Tuesday 22 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Jamie Jauncey recounts the life of his extraordinary great-great-uncle R B Cunninghame Graham, a major figure in his day: founder with Keir Hardie of the Scottish Labour Party and founding president of the SNP. Hear Jauncey’s journey of discovery and...

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