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.

Bella Bathurst & Min Kym

Exploring Sound, Music and Loss

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

Incredible loss and the slow journey back to equilibrium connects these authors. Bella Bathurst began to go deaf 20 years ago, but in 2009 a revelation occurred leading her to explore our relationship with sound and Sound is the result. Musical prodigy...

Iain Martin

How the City got Slicker

Monday 14 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Even before Brexit, the City of London faced a whirlwind of challenges. Crash Bang Wallop by Iain Martin, columnist for the Times, founding editor of pro-market news website Reaction and former editor of the Scotsman, tells how it handled financial...

Christopher Fleet, Margaret Wilkes & Charles Withers

Top of the Charts

Monday 14 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Scotland: Mapping the Islands by Christopher Fleet, Margaret Wilkes and Charles Withers, is not only the first full-length study of the subject but a work of great beauty too. Let them lead you on a journey of understanding, from 16th century Italian...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Last Line of Defence

Monday 14 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Human rights defenders risk their lives daily to champion the rights of other people, challenging brutality, oppression and injustice in every part of the world. They hold powerful people to account and support the survivors of human rights abuses. The...

Wioletta Greg & Édouard Louis


Monday 14 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Polish poet Wioletta Greg has turned her talents to fiction to produce her debut novel Swallowing Mercury. It’s a coming of age tale set in Communist Poland which examines the fine texture of a close-knit community on the cusp of change. Édouard...

Outriders: Ximena Escalante & Stef Smith

Mexico: From the US Border to Guatemala

Monday 14 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

As part of our project to explore the Americas, leading Mexican playwright Ximena Escalante travelled across Mexico with Scottish theatre writer Stef Smith. Starting in the US city of San Diego, they journeyed south across the Mexican border, making...

Paul Auster at 70

Spirit of '47

Monday 14 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

If you had to pick one writer to sum up the inventive spirit of the post-war transatlantic era, you could hardly do better than Paul Auster. Ever since he burst onto the scene with his New York Trilogy of interconnected novels, Auster has remained a...