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.

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

Saga Travels

Monday 28 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

The Vikings voyaged to all corners of the medieval world and beyond - from the Arctic Circle to Constantinople, North America to Kievan Rus - and wrote up their, somewhat embellished, journeys in their sagas. Durham medievalist Eleanor Rosamund...

Story Shop

Monday 28 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.

Colourful Canine Creations with Guy Parker-Rees

Age 3-6

Monday 28 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Take a peek into the colourful world of illustration as Guy Parker-Rees reads from his Dylan book series and shows you how the stories grew from one simple character sketch. Be prepared to participate as you help Guy create some brand new picture book...

Roger Hutchinson

Changing Times

Monday 28 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Once every decade since 1801, Britain takes a long, hard look at itself. In The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker, Roger Hutchinson examines what the census has revealed through the years. From its beginnings as a simple head count to an...

John Grindrod

Living on the Edge

Monday 28 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Green Belts serve many purposes but it’s unlikely that many of us could point to exactly where they lie. Bookseller and publisher, John Grindrod, has a personal connection to the issues revolving around these mystery zones. He delves into the creation...

Anne Cholawo & Nell Stevens

Island Misadventures

Monday 28 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Nell Stevens's Bleaker House is her account of searching out, and sadly finding, writerly solitude in the Falklands - a disastrous experience. Proving that getting away from it all can sometimes work, the former London 80s 'career girl' Anne Cholawo,...