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.

Adam Rutherford

Our Collective DNA

Friday 25 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

While our genes are an individual identification kit, they also help to tell a collective story: that of the 100 billion humans who have so far walked the planet. Science writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford suggests that DNA should be read less as an...

Doug Johnstone & Barney Norris

Harsh Reality Crashes In

Friday 25 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Edinburgh-based crime writer Doug Johnstone and playwright Barney Norris will have your adrenaline pumping with their latest novels. Johnstone’s Crash Land starts in the departure lounge of Kirkwall Airport, where a chance meeting leads two people...

Pyjama Party

Families & 10+

Friday 25 August 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Grab your pyjamas and join Lyra's Artist in Residence Lou Brodie for a celebration of girlhood in 2017. Drop in whenever you like and stay for as long as you want - let loose, be yourself and join in the fun! Then take part in Lyra's sleepover at...

Richard English & Mark Muller Stuart

Does Terrorism Work?

Friday 25 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

In his latest work, leading academic expert Richard English puts forward the often under-scrutinised question Does Terrorism Work? He argues that we must acknowledge that sometimes it does. Today, he's joined by international mediator and human rights...

Story Shop

Friday 25 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Immerse yourself in short stories at Story Shop, hosted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Hear up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today. Check or our website in July for the line-up.

Horatio Clare & Chloe Daykin: Talk to the Animals

Age 9-12

Friday 25 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Talking animals feature in two beautiful tales of friendship and struggles. In Chloe Daykin's Fish Boy, Billy escapes bullies and his mum's illness with the help of David Attenborough films and a talking mackerel. Horatio Clare's Aubrey and the Terrible...