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.

Liz Lochhead

A Poet in Full Flight

Tuesday 22 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

'Funny, feisty, female and full of feeling'. That was Carol Ann Duffy’s verdict on Liz Lochhead’s latest collection, Fugitive Colours. And when last year the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh ended its 50th anniversary season with her play Thon Man...

David Kinloch & Richard Price

Underworlds and Overworlds

Tuesday 22 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Two friends, two Scots, two shape-shifting poets who aren’t afraid to experiment. Founder of the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition, David Kinloch, imagines a Scottish Orpheus turning into a Syrian refugee in a humorous new collection In...

Rory MacLean

Portrait of the 20th Century

Tuesday 22 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Rory MacLean, the acclaimed author of Berlin: Imagine a City, returns with both a visual and literary landscaping of the 20th century. Pictures of You presents 10 amateur photographs from the Archive of Modern Conflict, one from each decade, which sent...

Afternoon Tea with Yasmin Khan

Tales of Tehran with Tea

Tuesday 22 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Join British-Iranian food writer and human rights campaigner Yasmin Khan for a tasty British afternoon tea (included in the ticket price) as she dips into her Persian pantry for the culinary inspiration which has resulted in The Saffron Tales. Khan...

Daniel Franklin

The Future of Our Tech-Life

Tuesday 22 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Major technological changes appear to occur on a monthly basis, so predicting what the future will look like in a couple of years seems like an impossible task. The Economist’s executive editor Daniel Franklin is unafraid of a challenge and is here to...

Laura Hird & Gordon Pentland

Up in Arms

Tuesday 22 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Historical fiction from a grassroots perspective. Laura Hird and Gordon Pentland are among the 15 fiction writers and 15 historians who have collaborated in Protest: Stories of Resistance to produce new narratives about key moments of British protest....
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Branko Milanović

An Expert’s Guide to Inequality

Tuesday 22 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm