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.

Open Book on the Poetry of Borders

Reading Workshop

Saturday 12 August 11:00am - 12:30pm

Marjorie Lotfi Gill and Claire Urquhart from Open Book, a charity that organises shared reading groups, look at the poetry of borders. They explore the work of some of the poets appearing in the Festival who write about identity, language and culture...

Must End Soon with Jonathan Meres

Age 8-12

Saturday 12 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Jonathan Meres returns to the Festival for Norm’s last and most outrageous adventure to date, The World of Norm: Must End Soon. The final book of this award-winning series will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. Join Jonathan for an hour of...

Isabel Bannerman & Julian Bannerman

Gardens of Earthly Delights

Saturday 12 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

When the Prince of Wales writes the foreword to your book of garden designs, and your gardens are rated even ahead of Sissinghurst, you clearly haven’t much left to prove. In Landscape of Dreams, Isabel and Julian Bannerman reveal some of the...
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Reading the City

Edinburgh’s New Town

Saturday 12 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Paul Magrs on The Martian Chronicles

Reading Workshop

Saturday 12 August 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Novelist Paul Magrs explores The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, stories about the colonisation of Mars. Although complete in themselves, they form a larger narrative framework, with the three parts punctuated by two catastrophes: the...