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.

Karl Geary & Samanta Schweblin

Deeply Unsettling Secrets

Wednesday 16 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Actor, screenwriter and now debut novelist Karl Geary presents Montpelier Parade, a Dublin-set cinematic sweep of a story about a love affair, filled with longing, grief, hope and the things that remain unsaid. Secrets also pervade Man Booker...

Big Changes with Lisa Stickley

Age 3-6

Wednesday 16 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Edith has moved to a new house and her bedroom is scarily big. Will she be able to settle in with the help of her toys? Lisa Stickley reads from her charming book, My New Room, offers tips on how to cope with big changes, and introduces you to a variety...

Stefano Bonino & James Fergusson

Two Views of Muslim Britain

Wednesday 16 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

As Britain’s Muslim population looks set to double in the next five years, what can we do to ensure that the tiny minority with extremist views shrinks still further? In Muslims in Scotland, Stefano Bonino sees Edinburgh as a successful model of...

Vanessa Altin: Dear Diary

Age 8-12

Wednesday 16 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

In war-torn Syria, a young Kurdish girl sits under a tree writing her diary as she listens to gunshots in the street. Follow Dilvan’s determination to find her family in Vanessa Altin’s The Pomegranate Tree, a beautiful and hopeful account of...

Afternoon Tea with Fuchsia Dunlop

From a China Teapot

Wednesday 16 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Fuchsia Dunlop developed a love of all things Chinese when she took Mandarin evening classes to help secure a job at the BBC. She is now a renowned expert in Chinese cuisine and, with Land of Fish and Rice, aims to unlock the secrets of its glorious...

Philip Davis & Samantha Ellis

Lost in Literature

Wednesday 16 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Victorian literary life is revealed by two accomplished authors. Philip Davis shows how Marian Evans became George Eliot and learned to think and feel as a novelist. Davis is, says the Literary Review, ‘the searching, perceptive critic this great...

Joseph Farrell & Lavinia Greenlaw

Questing Lives

Wednesday 16 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Travel broadens the mind. Joseph Farrell, a noted translator from Italian, assesses the final years of Robert Louis Stevenson who settled in Samoa in 1890 and whose expert knowledge of the Pacific islanders turned him into a fierce critic of foreign...
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Angus Roxburgh

From Russia with Amazing Stories

Wednesday 16 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

David France

Fighting Back Against AIDS

Wednesday 16 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

The fear of the early days of the AIDS epidemic is already disappearing into the fog of history. American investigative reporter David France’s How to Survive a Plague drags it right back, and dazzlingly shows how activists drove the scientific...