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.

Richard Beard & Graham Caveney

Lest We Forget

Sunday 27 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Graham Caveney was born in Accrington to parents who believed education was his ticket to a different life. His headteacher was his mentor, but also his greatest abuser. In Cornwall, Richard Beard and his brother Nick were playing in the waves. Nick...
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Robert Webb

Understanding the Male of the Species

Sunday 27 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

Steven Amsterdam & Daša Drndić

No Easy Way Out

Sunday 27 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The hero of writer and palliative care nurse Steven Amsterdam's The Easy Way Out is a suicide assistant. His job is legal. A sharply funny book that asks the hardest question: would you help someone die? Belladonna, by the Croatian author of the...

Kei Miller & Neel Mukherjee

Fiction with Clout

Sunday 27 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Two new novels from celebrated writers explore the post-colonial city, the past’s lingering legacies and the underclass. Kei Miller’s Augustown is his first release since winning the Forward Prize for poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map...

Simon Armitage

Poetry from the Pennines

Sunday 27 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Poetry is never going to be mainstream, says Simon Armitage; it should be what it already is, an unbiddable, highly personal artform of dissent. This may be true, but there’s no denying the Yorkshire poet’s own popularity – which the wit and...

Visions of the Future: Libraries

How Can We Build Resilience?

Sunday 27 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

With local authority cuts impacting on public and school library services, it's time to rethink libraries for their future resilience. In this debate, David Chipakupaku from the Voice of My Own youth project talks to bestselling children's author Julia...

Nicole Krauss

Transformative Fiction

Sunday 27 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

We’re doubly delighted to welcome Nicole Krauss for her Book Festival debut and the launch of her new novel, Forest Dark. Krauss is one of America’s most important novelists and her last two, The History of Love and Great House, were both...

Jon McGregor

Missing Persons

Sunday 27 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Jon McGregor, author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, brings us his first novel in 7 years: the story of lives haunted by a family's loss, unfolding over the course of 13 years in a small village. Join McGregor on a journey through the...

Cosey Fanni Tutti with Ian Rankin

Ruffling Feathers

Sunday 27 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

Punk pioneer and provocative performer Cosey Fanni Tutti was a thorn in an anxious establishment’s side during the 70s and 80s. Her 1976 performance art exhibition, 'Prostitution', hit the tabloids and caused an almighty stir, with one Tory MP...


The Flint & Pitch Revue

Sunday 27 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

A delicious mash-up of spoken word, poetry and music featuring some of the best rising stars of the literary and music scenes in Scotland. The bill includes poetry and spoken word from Rachel McCrum and Sara Hirsch; up-and-coming 404 Ink author Chris...