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.

Andrew O'Neill

Worshipping the Devil’s Music

Saturday 26 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Andrew O’Neill is not only one of the country’s most under-rated stand-up stars, he is utterly obsessed with heavy metal. Merging his comedic skills with his true passion, O’Neill has penned A History Of Heavy Metal, in which he analyses the music...

Tom McCarthy

His Finest Essays

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

Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish is novelist and commentator Tom McCarthy's own selection of the essays he is most proud of publishing. They include pieces on writers - Laurence Sterne, Franz Kafka and James Joyce - but also on Gerhard Richter, David Lynch...

Philippe Sands

Losing our Grip on Justice

Saturday 26 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

When Philippe Sands QC completed the Baillie Gifford Prize-winning East West Street last year, he didn’t anticipate the subsequent international events that would unfold. In this special event, Sands draws on the themes from his perfectly-formed...


Dive: Homage

Saturday 26 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Promising to blow fresh glitter up the arse of any festival in their wake, Dive Queer Party bring back their sell out 2016 hit Homage with a special literary plot twist. Travel to the ends of the rainbow with chief weirdo Miss Annabel Sings, a...