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. More than 800 authors appear in over 700 events, including novelists, poets, scientists, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

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The View from Castle Rock (Preview)

World Première Performance

Thursday 11 August 10:30am - 11:30am

With Stellar Quines Theatre Company, the Book Festival presents a vibrant production of Alice Munro’s stories, taken from the Nobel Prize-winning author’s collection The View from Castle Rock, which imagines the extraordinary experiences of...
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The View from Castle Rock (Preview)

World Première Performance

Friday 12 August 10:30am - 11:30am

With Stellar Quines Theatre Company, the Book Festival presents a vibrant production of Alice Munro’s stories, taken from the Nobel Prize-winning author’s collection The View from Castle Rock, which imagines the extraordinary experiences of...
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Ten at Ten

Saturday 13 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.

Julia Donaldson & Friends

Age 5-8

Saturday 13 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Festival favourite Julia Donaldson is back with more singing, dancing and rhyming fun. Featuring an array of characters from Julia's much-loved books including What the Jackdaw Saw, The Gruffalo and her new book The Detective Dog, this event is a highly...
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Are You Sitting Comfortably?

All Ages

Saturday 13 August 10:00am - 10:30am

Start your day with a magical trip into the world of words with one of our Festival authors. Stories, poems, songs or rhymes may feature in this free event suitable for children of all ages. Appearing today: Sophy Henn.

Lauren Beard & Abie Longstaff: Fashioning Fairy Tales

Age 4-7

Saturday 13 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Enter into the enchanting world of fairy tales with author and illustrator double-act Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard. Their Fairytale Hairdresser series gives a witty, contemporary twist to traditional tales. Hear some of their stories, witness live...

Sarah Howe & William Letford

Roots and Roofs: New British Poetry

Saturday 13 August 10:15am - 11:15am

We're thrilled to open the Festival with two of the most powerful young voices in British poetry. Sarah Howe's debut collection Loop of Jade won this year's T S Eliot Prize for Poetry and was described as ‘original, exquisite, erudite and...

Trevor Royle

Culloden: A Very European Battle

Saturday 13 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Associate Editor of the Sunday Herald and highly respected military historian Trevor Royle has completed a timely reappraisal of the last major battle to be fought on British soil, and one of the most controversial: Culloden. Far more significant than...

Abi Elphinstone: The Shadow Keeper

Age 9-12

Saturday 13 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Abi Elphinstone brings us the second instalment in her brilliant adventure series, The Shadow Keeper. Dark magic is rising fast and Moll and her friends must sneak past smugglers and crack secret codes to reach the Amulet of Truth. Will they be able to...

The View from Castle Rock

World Première Performance

Saturday 13 August 10:30am - 11:30am

With Stellar Quines Theatre Company, the Book Festival presents a vibrant production of Alice Munro’s stories, taken from the Nobel Prize-winning author’s collection The View from Castle Rock, which imagines the extraordinary experiences of...

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