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.

Taking the Air

Get it off your Chest

Wednesday 23 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

The EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Proteus is designing and building a new bedside system for Intensive Care Units for rapid and accurate diagnosis of bacterial lung infections. Come along to their pop-up gallery showcasing some of the...

Leon Morrocco with Liz Lochhead

Travels with My Easel

Wednesday 23 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Leon Morrocco is one of Scotland’s most popular painters, famous for his striking landscapes and still lifes. Filled with vibrant colour, they are inspired by his travels to Europe, South America and Australia. As a lecturer at Edinburgh College of...

Ten at Ten

Wednesday 23 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.

Amanda Craig & Gwendoline Riley

When Love is a Battlefield

Wednesday 23 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Warring couples populate new fictions from these authors. In Amanda Craig’s The Lie of the Land, a metropolitan marriage breaks down with the pair reluctantly moving to the countryside for a fresh start. Gwendoline Riley’s First Love, shortlisted...

Row Your Boat

Age 4-7

Wednesday 23 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.

Five Have a Splendid Time

All Ages

Wednesday 23 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog are 75 this year! Join us to celebrate Enid Blyton’s wonderful The Famous Five stories with lashings and lashings of fun crafts and activities.

Live Poetry Lab

70 Years of Festival Memories

Wednesday 23 August 11:00am - 2:00pm

Drop in to see live writing from Jennifer Williams, 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....

Become a Storyteller with Pam Wardell

Age 3-6

Wednesday 23 August 11:45am - 12:30pm

Bring a picture book to life with interactive storyteller Pam Wardell. Use your voice plus the costumes, props and musical instruments that you might find in a theatre, and join in the drama of some cracking tales. Tickets admit 1 child and 1...