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.

Hanif Kureishi

Best Served Cold

Tuesday 22 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Whitbread First Novel Award winner Hanif Kureishi has since written many acclaimed novels and award-winning screenplays. He's also included in the Times newspaper's '50 greatest British writers since 1945'. Often controversial, always original, Kureishi...

Liz Lochhead

A Poet in Full Flight

Tuesday 22 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

'Funny, feisty, female and full of feeling'. That was Carol Ann Duffy’s verdict on Liz Lochhead’s latest collection, Fugitive Colours. And when last year the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh ended its 50th anniversary season with her play Thon Man...

Jeremy Paxman

Questions, Questions, Questions

Tuesday 22 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Who hasn’t Jeremy Paxman interviewed? Not Margaret Thatcher, apparently, but nearly everybody else worth interviewing has at some stage sat in front of BBC Newsnight's Great Interrogator in his 25 years at the helm. We’re delighted to have him here...

John Banville

Rare Old Times

Wednesday 23 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

John Banville is, wrote Fintan O’Toole reviewing Time Pieces, 'the least likely memoirist': not remotely self-regarding or self-serving. But then the acclaimed Irish novelist's memoir is as much about Dublin as it is about Banville, a city drenched...

Karl Ove Knausgaard

Lexicon of Life’s Loveliness

Wednesday 23 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Following the worldwide success of his My Struggle series of novels, the much lauded Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard returns to Edinburgh to launch his next major project. Autumn is the first of his seasons quartet, a personal encyclopedia about...

Richard Dannatt

Leading from the Front

Wednesday 23 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

A much-decorated soldier, General Sir Richard Dannatt is a leading authority on military and defence issues. His distinguished service in Northern Ireland and Kosovo, and his role at the head of the British Army, make him uniquely qualified to tell the...

Chris Brookmyre

Trip into the Dark Web Trip into the Dark Web

Wednesday 23 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

The man behind bestselling books such as Quite Ugly One Morning and Black Widow tackles the sinister side of modern technology with Want You Gone in which a young woman is blackmailed online and drawn into a possibly deadly trap. A veteran at keeping...