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.

John Banville

Rare Old Times

Wednesday 23 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

John Banville is, wrote Fintan O’Toole reviewing Time Pieces, 'the least likely memoirist': not remotely self-regarding or self-serving. But then the acclaimed Irish novelist's memoir is as much about Dublin as it is about Banville, a city drenched...

Carlos Fonseca & Paul Stanbridge

Fiction on the Frontiers of Science

Wednesday 23 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

An event for anyone who likes writers who push the boundaries of contemporary realist fiction. Paul Stanbridge's Forbidden Line is 'Don Quixote on speed', a gleeful hybrid of science, pseudo-science and ingenious philosophy. He's met his match, though,...

Paul Farley & Michael Symmons Roberts

Dead Poets’ Society

Wednesday 23 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Whitbread Poetry Award-winners Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts first combined forces on their acclaimed 2011 book Edgelands, which was serialised on Radio 4 as was their new work, Deaths of the Poets, a series of meditative journeys to the death...

Afternoon Tea with Sara Sheridan

Criminally Good Cake

Wednesday 23 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Be plunged headlong into a case of gambling, call girls and poisoned gin as bestselling Edinburgh-based novelist Sara Sheridan brings you a delicious hour of cake, crime, tea, terror and savoury treats - all included in the ticket price. In her latest...

The Smell of Utopia

70 Years of Scotland's New Towns

Wednesday 23 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Seventy years ago the New Towns Act was established, aiming to build new urban spaces with emerging industry, sanitary housing and plenty of green space. Cumbernauld is one such New Town, and for this event author and STV's People’s Historian Daniel...

Pip Jones & Sara Ogilvie: Imperfect Inventions

Age 4-7

Wednesday 23 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Izzy loves creating new things but her inventions don’t always go according to plan! Get inventive with author Pip Jones and illustrator Sara Ogilvie as they explain how they came up with all the crazy inventions in Izzy Gizmo and show you how to...

Karl Ove Knausgaard

Lexicon of Life’s Loveliness

Wednesday 23 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Following the worldwide success of his My Struggle series of novels, the much lauded Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard returns to Edinburgh to launch his next major project. Autumn is the first of his seasons quartet, a personal encyclopedia about...
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John Lloyd & Adam Macqueen

Fake News and Alternative Facts

Wednesday 23 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm