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.

Ten at Ten

Sunday 27 August 10:00am - 10:10am

A small yet perfectly formed reading from one of our Festival authors to start your day. Check the screen in the Entrance Tent to see who's reading today.

Laughing Out Loud with Michael Rosen

Families & 7+

Sunday 27 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Play with language to create side-splitting tales and share your love for chocolate cake with beloved author Michael Rosen as he presents his latest books, Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads and Chocolate Cake. Be bamboozled by bonkers stories and laugh out...

Claire Fuller & Katie Kitamura

Degrees of Separation

Sunday 27 August 10:15am - 11:15am

In award-winning author Claire Fuller's pitch perfect Swimming Lessons, the hero looks down from a bookshop window and sees his dead wife standing on the pavement. She'd been missing, presumed drowned, for 12 years. Admired New York writer Katie...

Stuart McHardy

Looking Past the Future

Sunday 27 August 10:30am - 11:30am

In Scotland’s Future History, Edinburgh University lecturer Stuart McHardy sought to refocus how we interpret the country's past. In doing so, he challenged us to redefine how we see Scotland’s future. In his follow-up volume, McHardy further...

Madeleine Bunting

North by North West

Sunday 27 August 10:30am - 11:30am

In Love of Country, former Guardian journalist Madeleine Bunting travels deep into the history and landscape of the Hebrides to find out how the islands have shaped the imagination of both Scotland and Britain. Take an armchair journey with a lucidly...

Richard Beard on W, Or the Memory of Childhood

Reading Workshop

Sunday 27 August 11:00am - 12:30pm

Novelist and non-fiction writer Richard Beard discusses W, Or the Memory of Childhood by Georges Perec. This semi-autobiographical work alternates between memoir and fiction, illustrated with photographs from Perec's childhood. It is a commentary on...

Cool Creatures

All Ages

Sunday 27 August 11:00am - 2:00pm

There are so many amazing animal characters in the Festival this year, from Harvey the crocodile hero to Grumpy Frog. Drop into Story Box and meet some real life Cool Creatures including meerkats, an armadillo and a giant pouched rat.