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.

John Killick & Kathleen Taylor

Understanding Dementia

Friday 25 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

There are currently over 800,000 Britons living with dementia, with 1 million predicted by 2025. How did we get to this position and what are the most promising fields of research? Renowned writer John Killick in The Story of Dementia and neuroscientist...

Chloë Inkpen & Mick Inkpen: Animal Mayhem

Age 4-7

Friday 25 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

There's a Hole in the Zoo and the animals are escaping! Flap, waddle and hop along with Chloë Inkpen in this animal-packed storytelling event with live drawing and drama activities. Then meet Chloë's dad, creator of the much-loved Kipper books, Mick...

Daniel Tammet

Pondering the Future of Speech

Friday 25 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Novelist and translator Daniel Tammet is fascinated by language - its origins, how it progresses and how it adapts in its environment. Join an intriguing writer, who along his journey has met the world's best lip-readers and communicated with Esperanto...

Afternoon Tea with Beatrice Colin & Suzanne Joinson

Delectable Romance

Friday 25 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Hear from two gifted writers tales of love and longing as you tuck into a tasty afternoon tea - all included in the ticket price. To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Glasgow-based Beatrice Colin sees Caitriona and Emile meet in a hot air balloon high...

Alexander Moffat & Alan Riach

Framing the Arts Debate

Friday 25 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Influential artist and teacher Alexander Moffat's paintings of poets and writers are an important part of modern Scottish culture; Saltire Society convener and poet Alan Riach is a similarly respected cultural commentator. Ideal collaborators therefore...

The Demon Headmaster Returns with Gillian Cross

Age 8-12

Friday 25 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

The series which has captivated fans for over 30 years is back with a hypnotic new story, The Demon Headmaster: Total Control. Go behind the scenes at Hazelbrook Academy, where a mysterious new headmaster gets his students succeeding, but at what price?...

David Owen

Jaw-jaw Before War-war

Friday 25 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Many believe that the pivotal decision to fight on in May 1940 was entirely down to Winston Churchill. Not so, says David Owen in Cabinet’s Finest Hour - it was arrived at collectively and not because of a domineering Prime Minister. Failure to...

Cressida Cowell

Friday 25 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Award-winning author Siobhan Dowd died in 2007, bequeathing her royalties to a trust which aims to bring the joy of reading to those who need it most. This year, the Siobhan Dowd Trust Memorial Lecture is delivered by How To Train Your Dragon creator...