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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 apear in over 700 events each year including novelists, poets, scientists, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Freedom from Torture: Transitions

Saturday 15 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

All over the world people are imprisoned for writing critically about their government or country. Each day of the Book Festival we pay tribute to writers who have been persecuted for their words, thoughts and opinions and today we hear the work of the...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Freedom from Torture: Family

Sunday 16 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

All over the world, people are imprisoned for writing critically about their government or country. Each day we pay tribute to writers who have been persecuted for their words, thoughts and opinions. Today we hear the work of the writers' group from...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Saudi Arabia: Flogged for Blogging

Monday 17 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Each day we pay tribute to writers who have been persecuted for their words, thoughts and opinions. Raif Badawi is a prisoner of conscience jailed for 10 years for advocating free speech. Raif was lashed 50 times in January, the first in a sentence of...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Love is a Human Right

Tuesday 18 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

We all have the right to be treated as equals, regardless of our gender identity or sexuality. But being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or intersex is a crime in many countries. Amnesty is campaigning for a world where no one faces this kind of...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Echoes of 1984

Wednesday 19 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Governments are scooping up our private emails, calls, internet searches, contact lists, phone locations and vast amounts of other data they do not need – and the UK is one of the world’s worst culprits. Amnesty International is campaigning for an...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

North Korea: Escape from Starvation

Thursday 20 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Many thousands of people, including children, are detained in political prison camps in North Korea. Often they have not committed any crime but are merely family members of those deemed guilty. Nearly a million North Koreans have starved to death since...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Syria: Turn off the Darkness

Friday 21 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Years of brutal conflict have plunged Syria’s people into the dark. Satellite images show that 83% of the lights in Syria have gone out since March 2011. Many are struggling to access the basic food, water and shelter they need to survive and millions...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

In Memory of Armenia

Saturday 22 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, discussion of which can lead to imprisonment in Turkey. Amnesty International continues to campaign for freedom of expression, hold governments to account and give voice to those who cannot...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Tunisia: Enemies of the State

Sunday 23 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

In the wake of a terror attack last year, the Tunisian Government ordered the immediate closure of ‘unauthorised’ broadcasters and social media pages, stating that anyone who 'calls into question military and security institutions' would be...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

The Revolution Will be Tweeted

Monday 24 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Thousands of campaigners in Hong Kong used social media to take their message global; hundreds of thousands mobilised to #bringbackourgirls after Boko Haram abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria. Amnesty International began with the idea that writing a letter...
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