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.

Moving Image Archive

Showcasing Rare Treasures

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

The National Library of Scotland showcases rare print items and films from its collections, which capture and celebrate the unique stories from the New Towns of Scotland: East Kilbride, Cumbernauld, Glenrothes, Livingston and Irvine. Enjoy film...

Ross Raisin & Sarah Winman

The Conflict of Men’s Inner Lives

Monday 14 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Two of the country's finest writers explore the fragile conflict of men's emotional identities and the struggles with sexuality. Sarah Winman's Tin Man sees two men coming to terms with the reality of their teenage friendship. In A Natural, Ross Raisin...

Winnie-the-Pooh's Heffalump Hunt

Age 4-7

Monday 14 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Everyone's favourite bear is back in a new adventure, Winnie-the-Pooh: The Great Heffalump Hunt. When Pooh sets out to find a Heffalump, he ends up in a sticky situation. Will Piglet come to his rescue and will they ever find a Heffalump? Join actor and...

A Stone's Throw

Families & 7+

Monday 14 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Giddy Aunt Theatre use live music, storytelling and puppetry to explore our responsibility to the planet in their inventive and entertaining show. After a girl knocks the sun from the sky, plants start to die and the temperature drops. Follow the girl's...

Drawing on the Imagination

Families & 8+

Monday 14 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Do you like drawing? For fascinating insights, inspiration and top tips, join leading illustrators Lydia Monks, Helen Oxenbury and David Roberts. Discover what inspires them to transform writing into beautiful illustrations and find out their preferred...

Garth Greenwell & Eimear McBride

How to Read a Novel

Monday 14 August 11:00am - 12:00pm

How can we best appreciate works of fiction and what makes a great novel? We've collaborated with the University of Edinburgh to create a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) called How to Read a Novel, which uses the James Tait Black Fiction Prize...

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...