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.

Magnus Mills

The Vinyl Countdown

Monday 14 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

High Fidelity meets Kafka in The Forensic Records Society, Magnus Mills’s novel about a pub club for vinyl enthusiasts which is thrown into disarray and schism through its founder’s uncompromising dogmatism and then by the arrival of a young woman....

Metaphrog: The Little Mermaid

Age 8-12

Monday 14 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Popular graphic novelist duo Metaphrog present The Little Mermaid, a beautifully illustrated new version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. Learn how they turn well-known tales into graphic novels and watch in awe as they recreate some of their...

Frann Preston-Gannon's Big Draw

All Ages

Monday 14 August 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Prepare to go primitive with Dave's Rock creator Frann Preston-Gannon. Decorate your own caveman beard with wool, feathers and glitter, before striking a pose in front of our prehistoric cave scene.

Story Shop

Monday 14 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Immerse yourself in short stories at Story Shop, hosted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Hear up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today. Check or our website in July for the line-up.

Julian Clary & David Roberts: Crazy Camping

Families & 6+

Monday 14 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Comedian, entertainer and novelist Julian Clary and award-winning illustrator David Roberts bring you the hilarious third instalment of animal madness in The Bolds On Holiday. Britain’s craziest family are camping by the sea when Bobby Bold gets...

The Quito Papers Edinburgh

Reimagining Future Cities

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

Though written in 1933, the Charter of Athens still defines how and why cities are built. The Quito Papers is an ambitious global project, led by Richard Sennett and Saskia Sassen, which is rethinking the vision of how towns and cities are built in the...

Island Adventures with Ron Butlin & Janis Mackay

Age 10-14

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

Delve into two captivating tales with award-winning writers Ron Butlin and Janis Mackay. Ron's Steve & FranDan Take on the World features a one-woman quest to rescue her friends, while Janis's Wild Song is the delightful story of a boy who overcomes his...

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...

Afternoon Tea with Niranjala M Ellawala & Prakash Sivanathan

A Taste of Tradition

Monday 14 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Husband and wife team Niranjala M Ellawala and Prakash Sivanthan have been running the award-winning Elephant Walk restaurant in London for eight years. Today they introduce Sri Lanka: The Cookbook, bringing together 100 of their best recipes alongside...