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.

Julia Samuel

Surviving the Grieving Process

Tuesday 15 August 11:00am - 12:00pm

When you’re in the middle of grief, there seems to be no clear road out of it. For 25 years, psychotherapist Julia Samuel has been working with families to cope with their overwhelming sense of loss and bereavement. She talks to Joanna Moorhead,...

Animal Agents with the Summer Reading Challenge

All Ages

Tuesday 15 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

Join Edinburgh City Libraries for animal-themed crafts, colouring-in, face painting and more as they celebrate this year's Summer Reading Challenge theme, Animal Agents.

Frann Preston-Gannon: Rocks Rock!

Age 3-6

Tuesday 15 August 11:45am - 12:45pm

Following the success of Dave's Cave, Britain's favourite caveman returns in Dave's Rock and this time he's sharing his love of rocks. Join his creator for caveman capers as you learn cave language, perfect your caveman voice and do some cave painting...
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Peter May

Turning the Heat onto a Cold Case

Tuesday 15 August 11:45am - 12:45pm

Honor Gavin, Adam Kaasa & Ishbel McFarlane

Cities of Our Dreams

Tuesday 15 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Every city is a creative imagining, a utopian dream where, hopefully, we will live happily ever after. Ishbel McFarlane created Plan, an interactive game to get people thinking about the complexities of creating New Towns. Honor Gavin and Adam Kaasa’s...

Mischief and Mishaps with Barry Hutchison

Age 7-10

Tuesday 15 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Enjoy an hour of slapstick humour and mischievous adventures with side-splittingly funny Barry Hutchison, author of the Beaky Malone series. Hear about Beaky's latest mishaps and discover where Barry gets his crazy ideas from. Be warned - your face will...

Barry Smith & Malachy Tallack

Uncovering the Joys of Islands

Tuesday 15 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

You may not know that islomaniacs are an actual thing, but Barry Smith would certainly consider himself one. His love of islands has existed for as long as he can recall and he aims to translate that enthusiasm into this event. He is joined by...

W N Herbert & Andy Jackson

Political Poetry

Tuesday 15 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

New Boots and Pantisocracies is a popular blog run by W N Herbert, Professor of Poetry at Newcastle University, and Andy Jackson, Medical Librarian of Dundee University. For 100 days after the 2015 general election, they published a poem each day on the...