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.

Ten at Ten

Tuesday 15 August 10:00am - 10:10am

A small yet perfectly formed reading from one of our Festival authors to start your day. Check the screen in the Entrance Tent to see who's reading today.

A Piece of You

Tuesday 15 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private chamber concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your innermost thoughts into your very...

Moving Image Archive

Showcasing Rare Treasures

Tuesday 15 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...

Charley Boorman

The Slow Road to Recovery

Tuesday 15 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Motorcycle adventurer Charley Boorman experienced every rider’s worst fear when he was involved in a major road accident in 2016. Doubts were raised whether he would ever walk again, never mind get back on his bike, but in this event he recalls a long...

Polly Clark & Annalena McAfee

Maps for Lost Lovers

Tuesday 15 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Two novels, set on the west coast of Scotland, explore how the imagination connects writers of different generations. In Hame, Annalena McAfee's heroine Mhairi McPhail moves to the remote Scottish island of Fascaray to write a biography of the late Bard...

Vivian French: A Very Unconventional Princess

Age 6-9

Tuesday 15 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Being a princess is boring; who wants to be obedient and formal? All Princess Peony wants is to do things on her own, especially cooking. Will she be able to stand up to her father and get what she wants? Vivian French presents the marvellous tale of a...

A Stone's Throw

Families & 7+

Tuesday 15 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...

John Agard & Grace Nichols: Poetry Perfection

Age 7-10

Tuesday 15 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Two award-winning Guyanese poets living in Britain come together for a lively celebration of poetry. Grace Nichols' and John Agard's picture books and poetry have been read for decades by children. Today, they share some of their much-loved works and...