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

Syria: Constant Conflict

Wednesday 23 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

The bloody conflict in Syria has raged on for six years, causing the deaths of more than 300,000 people and displacing millions of others. Syrians have suffered many human rights abuses including direct military attacks on civilians. Today, writing by...

Lissa Evans & A L Kennedy: Absurd Adventures

Families & 8+

Wednesday 23 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Two fantastically funny authors come together for an hour of silliness. Lissa Evans presents a crazy adventure story in Wed Wabbit and A L Kennedy introduces you to the most depressed llamas in the world in Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely...
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Writing Fiction

Creative Writing Workshop

Wednesday 23 August 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Richard Dannatt

Leading from the Front

Wednesday 23 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

A much-decorated soldier, General Sir Richard Dannatt is a leading authority on military and defence issues. His distinguished service in Northern Ireland and Kosovo, and his role at the head of the British Army, make him uniquely qualified to tell the...

Gonzalo C Garcia & Dorthe Nors

Single and Lonely

Wednesday 23 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Chile-born debut novelist Gonzalo C Garcia's We Are The End is about a games designer whose life falls apart when his girlfriend goes off to Antarctica. Dorthe Nors's 2017 Man Booker International-shortlisted Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, centres around an...

Inspiring and Supporting Young Writers

Practical Tips for Educators

Wednesday 23 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

There are lots of interesting initiatives to get young people excited about writing, including opportunities like the Young Walter Scott Prize and the Pushkin Prizes. But what’s the best way for teachers to support young writers in the classroom? In a...

A Tribute to Stephanie Wolfe Murray

Celebrating the Co-Founder of Canongate

Wednesday 23 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

As the co-founder of Canongate Books, Stephanie Wolfe Murray created one of the most influential and successful Scottish publishing companies of the past century. Among her extraordinary achievements, she published Alasdair Gray’s revolutionary novel...

Omar Saif Ghobash

Faith Without Fanaticism

Wednesday 23 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm