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 Tait Black Memorial Prize

Announcing the Winners

Monday 14 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

Prizes of £10,000 are on offer for the winners of these much-loved Scottish literary prizes. Shortlisted novelists are Jo Baker, Garth Greenwell, Eimear McBride and C E Morgan – each one assured international success for their latest books. Join some...

Ned Beauman & Martin MacInnes

Infinite Madness

Monday 14 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The swarming, sinister beauty of the natural world haunts two intoxicating thrillers. The ingeniously entertaining writing of Ned Beauman is offered up in Madness is Better than Defeat, in which two rival expeditions vie to take control of a Mayan...

Russel D McLean & Karolina Ramqvist

Women on the Edge

Monday 14 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Two women are left picking up the pieces when their boyfriends disappear leaving behind debt, danger and despair. Russel D McLean’s fantastically entertaining modern noir, Ed’s Dead, has bookshop worker Jen accidentally killing her drug dealer...

Gillian Clarke & Lorna Goodison

Stanza Stars

Monday 14 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Former National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke is 'one of the most widely respected poets in the world' according to Carol Ann Duffy, her co-editor on The Map and the Clock. She is here not only to launch her new collection, Zoology, but also to read...

Visions of the Future: India and Pakistan

Can a Partnership Ever Be Forged?

Monday 14 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Seventy years after independence from the British Empire, relations between Pakistan and India veer between cool and downright hostile. With tense borders, little trade and a history of violence haunting contemporary relations, what are the options for...

Tom Devine & Angela McCarthy

Tea and Empire

Monday 14 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Join Scotland's premier historian, Professor Sir Tom Devine, and the renowned emigration scholar, Professor Angela McCarthy, as they explore the hidden histories of Scots in Asia including some surprising tales of tea and opium. The authors share their...

Outriders: Bonnie Jo Campbell & Jenni Fagan

USA: From the Rust Belt to Silicon Valley

Monday 14 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

As part of our project to explore the Americas, short story writer Bonnie Jo Campbell travelled across her home country with Scottish novelist and poet Jenni Fagan. The two writers started in derelict Detroit, then visited a tented city in Chicago and...

There Were Two Brothers

A Solo Show Gets Personal

Monday 14 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...

Stuart MacBride

Murder, He Wrote

Monday 14 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

Aberdeen’s Stuart MacBride steps away from Logan McRae and Ash Henderson, the characters who have regularly planted him in the bestseller list, for A Dark So Deadly, a stand-alone thriller featuring DC Callum MacGregor. Having been demoted to a squad...


Island Getaway

Monday 14 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Take a break from the urban bustle of Edinburgh’s festivals and join the editors of the Island Review, Jordan Ogg and Malachy Tallack, as they bring together a spirited crew of writers and musicians for their Unbound debut. Expect celebration,...