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.

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Sarah Dunant

Battling for the Borgias

Tuesday 15 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Julie Bertagna & William Sutcliffe: Riveting Reads

Age 12+

Tuesday 15 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Two top writers for teens offer visions of our near future that are uncomfortably recognisable. In Exodus, Julie Bertagna depicts a world drowned by rising sea waters and a migrant Scottish population searching for new homes. William Sutcliffe's...

Ryan Gattis & Dave Hook

Words on the Street

Tuesday 15 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The city has fundamentally changed our way of life. Urban experience rejects tradition, prompting artists to find and generate different forms, like street art and hip-hop, to capture the contemporary social story. American novelist and graffiti artist...

Tea, Cake and Colouring-in with Eilidh Muldoon

Families & 8+

Tuesday 15 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Come along and have fun colouring in some of Scotland’s most breathtaking landscapes and monuments featured in Eilidh Muldoon’s latest book, The Hebridean Colouring Book. Get tips on using colour to create stunning illustrations, perfect your...

Aesthetic and Cultural Transition

Picture Books Across Borders

Tuesday 15 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

The UK picture book market is thriving; children across the world enjoy what could be described as a British visual aesthetic. In comparison, very few picture books from other countries are translated and published here. Are we missing out? Join our...

Inspiring Stories with Meg Rosoff

Age 14+

Tuesday 15 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Before CILIP Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet died, Meg Rosoff promised him that she would complete his final novel Beck, the moving story of an orphan boy in search of belonging. Here Meg, herself an acclaimed writer for young adults, presents...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

We Are All Born Free

Tuesday 15 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Children across the world are denied their human rights, missing out on an education, being recruited into armed forces and suffering many forms of violence, even the death penalty. Today, we hear writing by heroic young people who have been persecuted....

Joanna Moorhead

Surreal Searching

Tuesday 15 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

In 2006, journalist Joanna Moorhead discovered that her father's cousin, who had disappeared many decades earlier, was now a famous artist in Mexico, with her paintings fetching increasingly high prices at auction. Published to coincide with the...

Stephen Baxter with Ken MacLeod

The Martians are Coming!

Tuesday 15 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In the 1990s, Stephen Baxter won almost every award going for The Time Ships – the sequel to H G Wells’s The Time Machine. He now brings us his new book, The Massacre of Mankind, also approved by Wells’s estate, which updates The War of the...