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.

Ten at Ten

Saturday 12 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.

It Takes a Village

Portraits and Personal Stories

Saturday 12 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care has worked with artist and photographer Colin Gray to produce a powerful series of portraits and personal stories exploring the many guises care takes as health deteriorates. View the exhibition, take part in...

The Story of Edinburgh

Journey Through the Literary Landscape

Saturday 12 August 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Drop in for a mix of lively storytelling and readings, led by authors from Edinburgh's literary history. You can also explore the city digitally through a touchscreen programme with LitLong: Edinburgh, an innovative way to experience the city from the...

Story Shop

Saturday 12 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 www.cityofliterature.com or our website in July for the line-up.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Right to a Childhood

Saturday 12 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Freedom from Torture does vital work with survivors of torture who arrive in the UK. More than 50,000 people have been referred for help and thousands have rebuilt their lives. Therapeutic writing is an invaluable part of its work. Today’s readings...

Ten at Ten

Sunday 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.

It Takes a Village

Portraits and Personal Stories

Sunday 13 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care has worked with artist and photographer Colin Gray to produce a powerful series of portraits and personal stories exploring the many guises care takes as health deteriorates. View the exhibition, take part in...

Spectacular Translation Machine

Translation Games for Everyone

Sunday 13 August 10:30am - 5:30pm

Whether you’re a seasoned French speaker or more comfortable with the dialogue of 'Allo 'Allo, we’d like you to become part of our Spectacular Translation Machine. With some of the UK's top literary translators on hand to guide you, including Daniel...

Story Shop

Sunday 13 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 www.cityofliterature.com or our website in July for the line-up.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Stand up for Your Rights

Sunday 13 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Freedom from Torture does vital work with survivors of torture who arrive in the UK. More than 50,000 people have been referred for help, and thousands have rebuilt their lives. Therapeutic writing is an invaluable part of its work. Today’s readings...

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