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.

Solving Mysteries with Lauren St John

Age 10-14

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

Help Lauren St John crack the case in the latest book of her Laura Marlin Mysteries series, The Secret of Supernatural Creek. Mr A has escaped from prison and is looking for revenge - will Laura be able to stay out of danger? Hear how Lauren creates her...

Claire Fuller & Lisa McInerney

10 years of Dazzling Debuts

Sunday 27 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Described as ‘the most prestigious award for first-time novelists’, the Desmond Elliott Prize is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In this special event, novelist and chair of the 2014 Prize, Chris Cleave talks to the winners from the past two...

Afternoon Tea with Andrew Wilson

Death and Delicious Delights

Sunday 27 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

In 1926, Agatha Christie discovered her husband had been unfaithful and, after a row, disappeared for 10 days before turning up in a Harrogate hotel. What, asks highly acclaimed author and journalist Andrew Wilson in his novel A Talent for Murder, if...

Richard Ford

Filial Bond

Sunday 27 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Richard Ford is one of America’s greatest living writers, capturing the changing face of the USA since the late 70s. Today, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sportswriter talks about his most personal book yet. Between Them is a clear-eyed yet...

Michael J Malone & Agnes Ravatn

Mysterious Strangers

Sunday 27 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Dark secrets and past sins link the latest novels by Scotland’s Michael J Malone and Norway’s Agnes Ravatn. In Malone’s A Suitable Lie, a widowed father finds love again, but his new bride may not be all she seems. Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal...

Chris Higgins: Here Comes Trouble

Age 7-10

Sunday 27 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

When Bella moves house, she makes friends with Magda. But friendships can be tricky and Bella soon wonders whether she has a friend or a frenemy. Find out what being a good friend means with Chris Higgins, author of Trouble Next Door, as she shares her...

Michael Johnson

Building the Perfect Brand

Sunday 27 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Everything seems to be a brand these days. If you wish you had a definitive strategy for creating the ideal brand identity, Michael Johnson is your man. Virgin Atlantic, the British Film Institute and Christian Aid have all been reinvigorated by the...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Women’s Rights

Sunday 27 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Recent developments have inspired Women’s Marches to take place across the world, sending a strong message that rolling back human rights won't be tolerated, but that the fight for equality still has a long way to go. Today, we hear the writing of...

Sheila Rowbotham

Transatlantic Radicals

Sunday 27 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Social historian Sheila Rowbotham is, says the Guardian, 'One of Britain’s most important, if unshowy, feminist thinkers'. In Rebel Crossings she charts the lives of six little-known Brits who carried the torch of emancipation and utopianism to the US...