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.

Ehsan Abdollahi & Azita Rassi's Big Draw

All Ages

Monday 14 August 11:00am - 1:00pm

Iranian illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi and translator Azita Rassi lead an interactive drawing session exploring the effects of colour. As you experiment with different coloured crayons to create a picture, think about how each of the colours makes you feel...

Ehsan Abdollahi & Pippa Goodhart: Bottling Happiness

Age 4-7

Monday 14 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Can happiness be bottled? If it could, what would go into your bottle? Author Pippa Goodhart and Iranian illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi lead a collaborative art workshop based on their story, A Bottle of Happiness. Join them for a joyful hands-on hour of...

Persian Classic Tales: The Little Black Fish

Age 4-7

Tuesday 15 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Dive into the sea with translator Azita Rassi and storyteller Alia Alzougbi as they introduce you to a determined fish who dares to swim against the tide in Samad Behrangi's Persian classic, The Little Black Fish, accompanied by stunning animation...

Aesthetic and Cultural Transition

Picture Books Across Borders

Tuesday 15 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

The UK picture book market is thriving; children across the world enjoy what could be described as a British visual aesthetic. In comparison, very few picture books from other countries are translated and published here. Are we missing out? Join our...