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.

Bettany Hughes

Tales of Byzantium

Thursday 24 August 10:00am - 11:00am

At the last count, archaeologists have measured 42 layers of human habitation in the city we call Istanbul, but which historians also know as Constantinople and Byzantium. In Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities, award-winning historian and broadcaster...

Ten at Ten

Thursday 24 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.

Ron Butlin & James Hutcheson: Tricky Trolls

Age 4-7

Thursday 24 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Award-winning author Ron Butlin and illustrator James Hutcheson return with their new book Day of the Trolls! In their latest troll-related tale, the naughty trolls are causing havoc at the supermarket. Get wild in the aisles with lots of laughs,...

Lin Anderson & Antti Tuomainen

Murder, They Wrote

Thursday 24 August 10:15am - 11:15am

There’s no getting away from Scandi noir - even in Scotland. In Lin Anderson’s Follow the Dead, a fatal helicopter crash in the Cairngorms seems to reveal a Norwegian government minister’s involvement in a vice ring. Meanwhile, Antti Tuomainen,...

Row Your Boat

Age 4-7

Thursday 24 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.

Elizabeth Reeder on Skating to Antarctica

Reading Workshop

Thursday 24 August 11:00am - 12:30pm

Glasgow University English Lecturer Elizabeth Reeder explores Jenny Diski's Skating to Antarctica. Part memoir, part study of depression and travelogue, the writing reveals a desperate need for the oblivion of singing silence and a place free of pain....

10 Years of Tyrannosaurus Drip

All Ages

Thursday 24 August 11:00am - 2:00pm

Celebrate 10 years of Tyrannosaurus Drip, Julia Donaldson and David Roberts' wonderful story of mistaken dinosaur identity. Drop into Story Box for Jurassic japes galore with dinosaur-themed games and crafts.

Live Poetry Lab

70 Years of Festival Memories

Thursday 24 August 11:00am - 2:00pm

Drop in to see live writing from Peter Mackay, our resident poet, or watch it unfold online as he weaves in your contributions. His task is to create responses to people’s memories of the festivals in Edinburgh since they began 70 years ago....

A L Kennedy

Love in London

Thursday 24 August 11:45am - 12:45pm

He is a civil servant, divorced, afraid of commitment. She is a 45 year old, unmarried, former alcoholic working for an animal charity. A L Kennedy’s Serious Sweet is not an obvious romance, but then again there’s nothing obvious in anything she...

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