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.

Jim Crumley & Christopher Nicholson

Men for All Seasons

Wednesday 16 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Two seasons in one afternoon. In The Nature of Winter, acclaimed nature writer Jim Crumley looks at how Scotland’s wildlife copes with the chill, dark days of dormancy. Joining him is the author of Winter and The Elephant Keeper, Christopher...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Russia: Democracy Denied

Wednesday 16 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Russia has faced international criticism and allegations of war crimes by its forces in Syria for its failure to respect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. People have faced criminal prosecution for standing up for the rights of others. Today,...

The Best International Novel of 2017

Winning Translated Fiction

Wednesday 16 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Come and meet a master storyteller who has just added another award to his long list of accolades. This year’s prestigious Man Booker International Prize for Fiction has been awarded to Israeli author David Grossman for A Horse Walks Into a Bar,...

Sabrina Mahfouz

British Muslim Women Today

Wednesday 16 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The Things I Would Tell You dispels the narrow, clichéd notion of what a Muslim woman looks and sounds like. British-Egyptian poet, playwright and screenwriter Sabrina Mahfouz selects the work of over 20 women writers of Muslim heritage, from...
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Vince Cable

Debut Thriller from a Political Heavyweight

Wednesday 16 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

Laura Barnett

Songs in the Key of Life

Wednesday 16 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Following on from her smash hit debut novel The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett has penned the literary equivalent of the difficult second album, working with Mercury nominated singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams. The result is Greatest Hits, the story of...

Ever Dundas & Hwang Sok-yong

Outlaws and Exiles

Wednesday 16 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

In Hwang Sok-yong’s Familiar Things, 14 year old Bugeye lives on a vast landfill site on the outskirts of South Korea’s glittering capital. Ever Dundas's debut novel Goblin is about an outcast in London during the Second World War. After being...

Charles Stross & Jo Walton with Ken MacLeod

End Times, Crazy Years

Wednesday 16 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

There are plenty of inventions in science fiction that have proved to be accurate predictions of the future, but how does it feel when reality begins to look grimly like a dystopian fiction? Today two leading authors of the genre, Charles Stross and Jo...

Visions of the Future: Youth Mental Health

Empowerment and Wellbeing

Wednesday 16 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Mental health problems often start during the teenage and early adult years and the stigma can be a devastating problem, stalling recovery. Building resilience is essential. Join novelist Alice Broadway, child psychiatrist, relief worker and writer...