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.

Ten at Ten

Friday 25 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.

Edward Docx & Rick Gekoski

Happy Families

Friday 25 August 10:15am - 11:15am

In British novelist Edward Docx's Let Go My Hand, the Lasker family is in crisis, with one last chance to put things right. Rick Gekoski's Darke centres on a doctor who eats little but drinks and smokes a lot. He is writing a 'coming of old age' journal...

Row Your Boat

Age 4-7

Friday 25 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.

Build a PoeTree

All Ages

Friday 25 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

Help willow artist David Powell to create a giant PoeTree sculpture, then write your own poem to adorn the branches.

Live Poetry Lab

70 Years of Festival Memories

Friday 25 August 11:00am - 2:00pm

Drop in to see live writing from Ryan Van Winkle, 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....

The History of All We Breathe

Decoding the Secrets of Air

Friday 25 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Science writer Sam Kean traces the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere in Caesar’s Last Breath. This fascinating investigation shows how what we breathe has shaped human progress, been the catalyst for revolutions and influences everything we...

Martin Gayford

Bringing Pictures to Vivid Life

Friday 25 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Art critic Martin Gayford has once again teamed up with long-time collaborator David Hockney on a project to record one thing: a history of pictures.The book's subtitle, From the Cave to the Computer Screen, aptly suggests the expansive remit they gave...