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.

Jackie Kay

An Hour with Scotland's Makar

Wednesday 16 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

An appearance at the Book Festival by Scotland’s Makar is always a special event. 2017 will prove no different as Jackie Kay premieres her new poem commissioned specially to mark the centenary of Wilfred Owen’s time in Edinburgh. Arriving at...

Simon Ings & Victor Sebestyen

Genius and Folly

Wednesday 16 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

The political and the personal of two Russian leaders. Victor Sebestyen focuses on the women who were in thrall to Lenin: his wife Nadezhda Krupskaya and his mistress Inessa Armand, with whom he had a ménage à trois. Simon Ings traces how Stalin...
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Julian Glover

The Revolutionary Engineer

Wednesday 16 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Daniel Hahn: The Power of Translation

Novels in the English Language

Wednesday 16 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Shortlisted for last year’s Man Booker International Prize, translator Daniel Hahn was a judge of this year’s contest. In today’s event, Hahn and two of the translators shortlisted for the 2017 prize talk about their roles interpreting novels for...

Story Shop

Wednesday 16 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Immerse yourself in short stories at Story Shop, hosted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Hear up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today. Check or our website in July for the line-up.