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.

Afternoon Tea with Fuchsia Dunlop

From a China Teapot

Wednesday 16 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Fuchsia Dunlop developed a love of all things Chinese when she took Mandarin evening classes to help secure a job at the BBC. She is now a renowned expert in Chinese cuisine and, with Land of Fish and Rice, aims to unlock the secrets of its glorious...

Alexis Jenni

Winner of France’s Coveted Prix Goncourt

Friday 18 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

How bad does a country have to be before patriotism stops? That’s the question posed by Alexis Jenni. His fascinating novel, The French Art of War, explores the legacy of French colonial wars in Algeria and Indochina and it won him the Prix Goncourt,...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

In the Minority

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

All over the world, groups of people remain under threat from the mainstream population of their country. These persecuted minorities all share rich traditions of storytelling and today’s readings include writing selected by the Uyghur people of...

Xiaolu Guo & Brian Johnstone

Childhood is a Foreign Country

Sunday 20 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Two acclaimed writers turn their focus on the confusion and complexity of childhood, both seeking to understand the actions of their parents that still resonate deeply in adulthood. Novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo charts her journey from a tiny...