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.

Carol Ann Duffy

A Laureate’s Posy of Poetry

Sunday 13 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

No Edinburgh International Book Festival would be complete without Carol Ann Duffy, Britain's Scotland-born Poet Laureate, whether reading her own incomparable work or – as here – that of poets from all over the world. Some of these will be from The...

There Were Two Brothers

A Solo Show Gets Personal

Sunday 13 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Inspired by an obscure 80s novel, actor and writer Mark Kydd has woven together fact and fiction to create There Were Two Brothers, an intimate, funny and heartfelt show about his experience of growing up gay in Scotland. Join Kydd for an unexpected...

Martin Holmén & Michael J Malone

Crime Across a Cold-blooded Continent

Sunday 13 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Our thirst for compelling European crime fiction seems unlikely to ever be quenched, so thank goodness for the likes of Martin Holmén and Michael J Malone. The former’s Down for the Count is a no-holds barred Swedish thriller about a former boxer...

Outriders: The Reunion

Chronicles of the New World

Sunday 13 August 8:45pm - 10:15pm

From the Arctic Circle to Buenos Aires, our Outriders accumulated an incredible 67,500 miles on planes, trains and automobiles interrogating the socio-political landscape of the Americas. Harry Giles and Katherena Vermette journeyed through Canada to...


The Art of Neuroscience

Sunday 13 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

A unique creative collision of words, music and aroma, bringing together stories and curiosities from the world of neuroscience. As the Department of Clinical Neuroscience prepares to relocate to Little France after more than 50 years at the Western...

Henry McLeish

Citizens United

Monday 14 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Since stepping down as Scotland’s First Minister, Henry McLeish has built such a reputation as an expert on the EU and EU-American relations that, in the era of Trump and Brexit, he is increasingly in demand. His new book, Citizens United, focuses on...

Ten at Ten

Monday 14 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.

A Piece of You

Monday 14 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private chamber concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your innermost thoughts into your very...