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.

Claire McFall & Martin Stewart: Take Me to the River

Age 12+

Saturday 26 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Join two writers exploring myth and folklore around death and loss. Claire McFall's Trespassers continues the story of Tristan and Dylan; one is meant to be dead and the other is meant to ferry those journeying to the afterlife. In Riverkeep by Martin...

Peter Mackay & Iain S Macpherson

Gaels Just Wanna Have Fun

Saturday 26 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

An Leabhar Liath/The Light Blue Book breaks the mould of anthologies of Gaelic verse. Going back 500 years, it shows that even before Ossian there has always been a strong tradition of erotic, bawdy or love poetry. Editors Peter Mackay and Iain S...

John Niven

Judging John’s Deeds

Saturday 26 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

You’re massively successful with a big house, happy marriage and terrific children. What happens when the homeless man on your street turns out to be an old friend and not only fancies getting back on his feet but has a hankering for stealing your...

Sayeeda Warsi

Keeping the Faith in a Diverse Britain

Saturday 26 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

In the 1980s, the Thatcher government used ‘the enemy within’ to undermine the striking miners. In 2017, British Muslims are the target for such smears. As the UK’s first Muslim Cabinet Minister, former Conservative Party chair Sayeeda Warsi is in...

Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2017

The Winner is Revealed

Saturday 26 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Edge Hill Short Story Prize kicks off its second decade in style. The only UK-based award that recognises excellence in a published short story collection, it brings together well-established authors and up-and-coming writers. In this special event,...

Mary Contini

Remembering the Past

Saturday 26 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Mary Contini picks up the thread of her family story from 1934 in Naples to the establishment of Edinburgh’s acclaimed Valvona & Crolla. With her inimitable style Mary reveals the dramatic and life-affirming story of her father-in-law, Carlo Contini,...

Dirt Road by James Kelman

A Theatrical Exploration

Saturday 26 August 8:00pm - 9:30pm

In his latest novel, James Kelman explores the brevity of life, the agonising demands of love, the lure of the open road and the power of music. Today, in a co-production with Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre, we present a theatrical exploration of...

Scarlatti and Cage with David Greilsammer & David Mitchell

UK Premiere Performance

Saturday 26 August 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is one of the world’s most audacious classical performers. Today, he and acclaimed writer David Mitchell present a collaboration featuring achingly beautiful piano music together with miniature readings and...