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.

Steve Smith

European Revolution

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

Author of many works on the Russian and Chinese Revolutions, Steve Smith focuses today on the game-changing events triggered on the edge of Europe in 1917. Drawing upon newly opened archives and research from Russian historians into the long-term...

Philip Ardagh & Elissa Elwick: Little Adventurers

Age 6-9

Sunday 27 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Are you brave enough to become part of the curious Little Adventurers' team? Join the author and illustrator of this wonderful picture book series, Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick, for an hour of nature and drawing fun. Help them to spot animals in What...

Adrian Levy & Cathy Scott-Clark

The Road to Abbottabad

Sunday 27 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

How was Osama Bin Laden able to evade the massive manhunt for him for so long? In The Exile, award-winning investigative journalists Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark talk to his family members and aides to find out. Secret family shelters in Iran,...

Alex Renton

Schooled in Hard Knocks

Sunday 27 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Stiff Upper Lip is Alex Renton’s unflinching investigation into the traditions and culture of schooling among Britain's elites. Confronting the horrors and unhappiness of his own boarding school days, he uncovers an uncomfortable story of...

Lindsey Fraser on Flour Babies

Reading Workshop

Sunday 27 August 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Literary critic Lindsey Fraser explores Flour Babies by Anne Fine, which muses on family and responsibility. It tells the story of fatherless Simon Martin who, as part of an experiment at school, has to look after a bag of flour as if it were a real...

Patrick Ness: Release

Age 14+

Sunday 27 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls presents Release, his most personal novel to date. Adam's life is falling apart - fracturing relationships, a horrible boss and clashes with family are just a few of his worries. Meet Patrick...