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.

David Cannadine

Riveting Study of the Iron Lady

Tuesday 15 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

Hands up those who are completely unbiased about Margaret Thatcher? We thought not. Which is why it’s a pleasure to welcome eminent historian Sir David Cannadine, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton, whose Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy, is...

Meena Kandasamy & Helen McClory

Wells of Loneliness

Tuesday 15 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Indian poet, novelist, activist and author of The Gypsy Goddess Meena Kandasamy has won many plaudits for her writing. She's here today with When I Hit You, a provocative examination of an abusive marriage. Joining her is Saltire First Book Award-winner...

Peter Robinson

Crime Fiction Does Pay

Tuesday 15 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

When it comes to long-running detective series in the UK, the pile-up of DCI Banks stories are leaving most of the rest behind. Sleeping in the Ground is the 24th instalment and revolves around mass murder at a church wedding. Peter Robinson tells us...

David Bishop & Steve MacManus

How a Comic Book Icon Rose to the Top

Tuesday 15 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

For anyone with even the merest interest in comic books, the story of 2000AD is an essential part of their education. David Bishop and Steve MacManus have been editors of the publication in very different eras and are in a privileged position to discuss...

BBC World Book Club

Live Recording with Sebastian Barry

Tuesday 15 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

An opportunity to be part of the audience for a recording of the BBC’s World Book Club, which unites millions of readers from all corners of the globe and is celebrating its 15-year anniversary with us. Presenter Harriett Gilbert is joined by...

Stuart Cosgrove

The Disco Inferno of 1967

Tuesday 15 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

When it comes to half-century anniversary talk in musical circles, much of this year has centred upon the release of The Beatles' Sgt Peppers album. But for broadcaster and writer Stuart Cosgrove, 1967 was also the year that changed soul forever. He’s...