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.

Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Smashing the Glass Ceiling

Monday 28 August 10:00am - 11:00am

In The Virgin Banker, CEO of Virgin Money, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, looks back at the events that influenced, shaped and inspired her to become one of the most powerful women in banking. From building a business to beating bullies and racism, she highlights...

Hunting for Treasure with Alice Melvin

Age 4-7

Monday 28 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Can you spot the feathers needed to complete the bird’s tail or the glitter to create a butterfly? Grab your magnifying glass to help author-illustrator Alice Melvin locate the missing items in her fun-filled book Treasure Hunt and discover how she...

Ten at Ten

Monday 28 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.

Natalie Haynes & David Vann

Lessons from the Past

Monday 28 August 10:15am - 11:15am

In Bright Air Black, American writer David Vann transports us back to the 13th century BC to bring to life a fascinating and notorious woman: Medea. In The Children of Jocasta, Radio 4 broadcaster Natalie Haynes offers a stunning reimagining of the...

The Monster Mash

All Ages

Monday 28 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

It’s been 200 years since Mary Shelley penned Frankenstein and we’re celebrating with some horrifyingly exciting activities and crafts. Whether you’re into Nibbles the Book Monster or something much scarier, come along and get involved in our...

Linda Dryden on The Ebb-Tide

Reading Workshop

Monday 28 August 11:00am - 12:30pm

Linda Dryden, Professor of Literature at Napier University, examines The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and his stepson Lloyd Osbourne. Seen as a study of imperialist society and Christianity, it's a dark and discomfiting yet powerful tale following...

Foodie Frolics with Emily MacKenzie

Age 3-6

Monday 28 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Calling all foodies and fussy eaters alike! Meet illustrator Emily MacKenzie as she talks about all the gooey, chewy food that features in her book, There's Broccoli in My Ice Cream! Will puppy Granville finally learn to eat his fruit and veg? Tickets...

Peter Bazalgette

Espousing Empathy

Monday 28 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Empathy is an extraordinary human attribute, allowing people to put themselves in the shoes of others and view struggles and vicissitudes as they affect the world. The former chair of Arts Council England today shares his new book, The Empathy Instinct,...