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.

James Mayhew & Jackie Morris: Two By Two

Families & 7+

Monday 14 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Discover why Mrs Noah has so many pockets in her giant coat as James Mayhew and Jackie Morris present Mrs Noah's Pockets, their magical and unusual re-telling of Noah's Ark. This new spin on an ancient tale features a host of mythical creatures...

Thomas Morris

The Heart of the Matter

Monday 14 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

It may be 50 years since Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first heart transplant, but the glorious mystery of that much discussed, written and sung-about organ remains intact. Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award-winner Thomas Morris aims...

Will Self & Richard Sennett

Draughtsmen Drafting

Monday 14 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Our Writing the City events continue with a fascinating conversation between novelist, commentator and psychogeographer Will Self and Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. Taking inspiration from Italo Calvino's...

Sunil Khilnani

Stars of India

Monday 14 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

From the Buddha to billionaire businessmen, Bollywood heroes to bandits, in Incarnations Sunil Khilnani, Director of the King's India Institute, picks 50 lives to tell the story of his country’s history. According to William Dalrymple in the Guardian,...