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.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

In Search of Sanctuary

Friday 25 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

More than 21 million people worldwide have been forced to seek sanctuary abroad to escape war, persecution, torture or possible death, but most wealthy countries continue to treat refugees as somebody else’s problem. Today we hear writing by refugees,...

Greg Garrett & Carla Valentine

Death Becomes Them

Friday 25 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Discover the modern attitudes towards death which drive two narratives. Greg Garrett considers the significance of western culture’s fascination with a zombie apocalypse, suggesting representations of it thrive in times of perceived global peril....

Sinéad Morrissey & Michael Symmons Roberts

Perfect Worlds

Friday 25 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

In her new collection, Belfast's inaugural Poet Laureate, Sinéad Morrissey considers great feats of human engineering - ships, planes, robots - as the world struggles for balance and equanimity. Forward Prize winner Michael Symmons Roberts presents...

Reading for Pleasure

The Readers of Tomorrow, Today

Friday 25 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Shadowing scheme, mainly led by school librarians, was established to encourage young people to read for pleasure, with a focus on high quality fiction. For this event, Youth Librarian Yvonne Manning, School...

Hari Kunzru & Lisa McInerney

Beyond the Blues

Friday 25 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Hari Kunzru is 'like the young Martin Amis, only nicer' says Carol Ann Duffy - he always writes with a wide streak of originality, and it’s plumb centre in his new book White Tears, a provocative blues satire. The Blood Miracles, Lisa McInerney’s...

Visions of the Future: A Good Death

The Last Breath

Friday 25 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Over 50% of people say they want to die at home, yet most of us will still die in hospital. What is our relationship with death as it becomes increasingly medicalised? Many people will never see a dead body - what does that mean for our own sense of...