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.

Darren McGarvey

Trying to Escape Poverty

Thursday 24 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Darren McGarvey, aka Scottish hip-hop artist Loki, draws on his difficult upbringing for an exposé of the continued social deprivation in working class areas to which the mainstream media and political figures often turn a blind eye. In his book...

Haylen Beck & Emma Flint

When Unstable Family Life Turns to Murder

Thursday 24 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

The chance to start a life away from an abusive husband forces Audra to flee with her young children. But when police stop her near the Arizona desert, all hell looks set to break loose. So begins page-turning thriller Here and Gone by Haylen Beck (pen...

Elly Blue

Getting to the Hub of Cycling and Society

Thursday 24 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

The social bicycle revolution keeps on spinning with Oregon’s Elly Blue leading the field. Offering a new perspective on how we get around, her Bikenomics includes a shocking comparison between cities which invest in a two-wheeled future and others...


Muldoon's Picnic

Thursday 24 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, this show is described by Muldoon himself as ‘an omnium-gatherum’, by Time Out as a ‘music-and-literature extravaganza’ and by us as a stonkingly good night out! Rarely staged outside New...