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.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Disunited States

Tuesday 22 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

The United States has a long history of offering shelter to people fleeing conflict but that proud legacy has been overshadowed in recent months. Members of the media are accused of lying if they disagree with the party line and ordinary citizens face...

Publishing Scotland

Culture Versus Commerce

Tuesday 22 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Balancing culture and commerce is more complicated than ever. Publishers face ever tougher questions and are being challenged on how to remain relevant and credible. Join us for an event hosted by Scottish publishers, Francis Bickmore and Bob Davidson,...

Will Hill & Alex Wheatle: Cults and Gangs

Age 14+

Tuesday 22 August 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The 2016 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize winner Alex Wheatle explores the struggles of pursuing your dreams while living on a council estate in his life-affirming Straight Outta Crongton, while real life events inspired Will Hill to write After the...

Holly Bourne & Lisa Williamson: All About Me

Age 12+

Tuesday 22 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Acclaimed authors of young adult fiction, Holly Bourne and Lisa Williamson uncover the secrets of their brilliant new novels And A Happy New Year? and All About Mia. Hear them discuss what inspires them to write about teenage drama and relationships and...

The Language of Revolution

Mayakovsky in the Spotlight

Tuesday 22 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Unashamedly passionate, rigorously political and highly experimental, Vladimir Mayakovsky was the most significant poet of the Russian revolution. In this event, an exploration of his explosive work by Mayakovsky scholar Dr Rosy Carrick is followed by...

Jake Arnott & Steven Price

Exploring Ye Olde London Crime

Tuesday 22 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

London’s criminal history is the topic at hand for Jake Arnott and Steven Price in their new novels. In By Gaslight, Price lands us in 1885 with the celebrated detective William Pinkerton descending into the Victorian underworld to track down the...
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Tim Harford

When Being Tidy can be Stifling

Tuesday 22 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm