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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.

60 Years of The Cat in the Hat

All Ages

Wednesday 16 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

Don't sit around in your house all day, come into Story Box for free crafts and play. Celebrate 60 years of The Cat in the Hat, with colouring, fun and games and other things like that.

Open Book on The New York Trilogy

Reading Workshop

Wednesday 16 August 11:00am - 12:30pm

Marjorie Lotfi Gill and Claire Urquhart from Open Book, a charity which organises shared reading groups, look at Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy. Described as detective fiction, it features familiar elements of that genre but also plays around with...

Quintin Jardine

Game Not Over

Wednesday 16 August 11:45am - 12:45pm

Incredibly, admirably, we have reached mystery number 27 in the Bob Skinner series as the irrepressible Quintin Jardine announces Game Over. When a supermodel is found savagely murdered in her flat, suspicion switches from her footballer husband to...
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Pam Wardell

Soviet Dissident’s Secret Love

Wednesday 16 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Mark O'Connell & Angela Saini

The Future of Science

Wednesday 16 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Our technological and scientific futures are at risk if we don’t answer some crucial questions and face up to a few inconvenient truths, argue these two writers. For Angela Saini, science’s failure to understand women and tendency to misrepresent...

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