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.

The Sound of Breath

The Breath in Song and Poetry

Thursday 24 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

How do poets and composers think about breath? The pause in a line or the length of the note impacts greatly on how an audience hears, connects with and interprets a work. Join novelist, poet and librettist Michael Symmons Roberts and composer Sally...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Civilised Disobedience

Thursday 24 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Everyone should be able to enjoy the right to organise peaceful demonstrations free from intimidation, unnecessary or excessive force, or the threat of prosecution and detention. Today, we hear writing from some iconic civil rights campaigners, read by...

Erica Wagner

Hero of Steel

Thursday 24 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

The Brooklyn Bridge, now over 130 years old, is as much a part of New York as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. Yet iconic though it is, its builder is almost forgotten. Former literary editor of the Times and twice a judge of the Man...

The Pavee and the Buffer Girl

Families & 8+

Thursday 24 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Siobhan Dowd’s The Pavee and the Buffer Girl, a story of the differences between a traveller boy and a settled girl, is a hymn to the power of love to bridge difference. Illustrator Emma Shoard and award-winning Irish singer Geraldine Bradley bring...

Caroline Brothers & Marcus Sedgwick

Dirty Wars, Drug Gangs

Thursday 24 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

In The Memory Stones, Caroline Brothers draws on her experience as a journalist in Latin America for a novel about a doctor’s family facing unimaginable loss in the wake of the 1976 Argentine coup. Meanwhile, Marcus Sedgwick’s thriller Saint Death...

Mark Billingham with Chris Brookmyre

Going Deep into the Underworld

Thursday 24 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

A personal tragedy takes DI Nicola Tanner off the case of a series of killings but she works it on the fringes alongside DI Tom Thorne in Mark Billingham’s Love Like Blood. Dubbed as ‘the year’s most shocking crime novel’, Billingham certainly...
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Visions of the Future: Scotland

How Can Scotland be a Beacon of Civil Society?

Thursday 24 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm