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.

Joanne Harris

Norse, Of Course

Monday 28 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Long before Chocolat, bestselling author Joanne Harris was writing other sorts of books. At the age of nine, she had read everything in her local library about Norse myths. Then she started writing about them, and in Runelight she still is, with an...

Loretta Napoleoni

On Terrorism’s Money Trail

Monday 28 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

The people-smuggling and kidnapping business in the Middle East is worth hundreds of billions of dollars. In Merchants of Men, journalist and economist Loretta Napoleoni draws on first-hand interviews with hostage negotiators and hostages to show how...

Picture Books as Philosophy Hooks

Stimulating Kids' Curiosity

Monday 28 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

How do we support the deep thinking and questions of our youngest readers? Children’s authors Alison Murray and Vivian French join Dr Claire Cassidy, from the University of Strathclyde, to explore how picture books can be used to introduce philosophy...

Kapka Kassabova

The Edge of Europe

Monday 28 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Described as 'one of history's well-worn playgrounds', the borderzone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was said to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall. Today it's the EU's frontier. Kapka Kassabova's Border is a portrait of...

Kitty Ferguson

An Unfettered Mind

Monday 28 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

In Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work, Kitty Ferguson remarks that it's no surprise the leading theoretical physicist has signed up for the world's first commercial space flight. After all, at 75, he is still in good health despite being given only two...


The Last Night on Earth

Monday 28 August 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Ladies, gentlemen and everyone in between! Anarchic entertainers Dive Queer Party conjure the spirit of ’47 to stage a closing cabaret party of epic proportions. With fakery making the headlines and the world falling apart around our ears, the...

Amit Chaudhuri

Perfect Moments

Monday 28 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Like Proust, Amit Chaudhuri has perfected the art of the moment. So says Hilary Mantel. In Friend of My Youth, a novelist named Amit Chaudhuri visits his childhood home of Bombay. The city, reeling from the impact of the 2008 terrorist attacks, weighs...

Visions of the Future: Public Forums

How Can We Make Gathering Places Fit for the 21st Century?

Monday 28 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

In ancient Greece, an agora was a place for public assembly; the centre for political life and for spiritual and artistic activity. Today, in a digital era when equality and freedom of speech remain fragile, how much do we need public gathering places...