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.

Sarah McIntyre & Philip Reeve: Funfair Repairs

Families & 7+

Sunday 27 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Dynamic duo Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve return with their highly-anticipated fourth adventure, Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair. Emily loves living on Funfair Moon but when chaos strikes, she must step up to save it from doom. Help Sarah and Philip to...

Robert McCrum

Stalked By Death

Sunday 27 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

The only certainty in life is inevitable death. Some cultures celebrate that fact, while others brush all talk of mortality firmly under the carpet. Heavyweight literary critic Robert McCrum has been concerned with his own death since suffering a...

Darren Shan: Brexit, Trump and… Zombies

Age 12+

Sunday 27 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Expect some grisly, ghoulish and thought-provoking readings as author Darren Shan explains how his bestselling Zom-B books are as much about Brexit and Donald Trump as they are about zombies. Grab your chance to grill Darren about his books and his...

Elissa Elwick's Big Draw

All Ages

Sunday 27 August 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Meet The Little Adventurers and their illustrator Elissa Elwick and help to create a massive frieze of their garden, with everything from creepy crawlies to fantastic flowers - and even a bear or two!

Story Shop

Sunday 27 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Immerse yourself in short stories at Story Shop, hosted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Hear up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today. Check or our website in July for the line-up.
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Harriet Walter

Shakespeare’s Gender Politics

Sunday 27 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Welcome to Barroux

Age 4-7

Sunday 27 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

We welcome you to join author-illustrator Barroux with his beautiful story of a polar bear and friends who are forced to search for a new home after their icy habitat disappears. In this delightfully charming event, discover where Barroux gets the...

Rosie Garland & Jess Richards

Fluid Love

Sunday 27 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Set in 19th-century Manchester, writer and performance poet Rosie Garland's The Night Brother takes the reader to the outer limits of gender fluidity as it explores the complex nature of identity through siblings Edie and Gnome. Acclaimed author Jess...

M G Leonard: Beetle Queen

Age 10-14

Sunday 27 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Author and beetle lover M G Leonard shares her passion for creepie crawlies, reveals fascinating facts about insect lifecycles and explains why beetles are important to the environment, before giving you the chance to meet some real life insects with...