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.

Joe Lycett

Finding Fun in 21st Century Worries

Wednesday 16 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

The Birmingham stand-up is one of those comedians who comes under the bracket of ‘catch now before they’re massively famous’. In his typically ribald debut book Parsnips, Buttered, Lycett fulminates on the woes of his generation such as social...

Allan Little's Big Interview

Hot Topics

Wednesday 16 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Allan Little will be the subject of Allan Little’s Big Interview. With the Book Festival’s director Nick Barley, he will discuss Freedom, using his own extensive experiences as a reporter to reflect upon how the world has changed in recent decades....

Anneliese Mackintosh & Dana Spiotta

Fast Friends

Wednesday 16 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

After three critically acclaimed novels, American Dana Spiotta brings us Innocents and Others, a rich, funny creation with two heroines, a documentary filmmaker and her subject. Like all Spiotta’s work, it explores ideas of identity and...

Ben Aaronovitch

Shedding Light on London’s Darker Corners

Wednesday 16 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

The bestselling PC Peter Grant series barnstorms on with Ben Aaronovitch penning The Hanging Tree. Once more, Grant is forced to traipse through the secret nooks and crannies of London, this time to investigate a murder in the circle of super rich...


Shoreline of Infinity's Event Horizon

Wednesday 16 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Edinburgh’s monthly live SF cabaret breaks out for Unbound with a special show celebrating Ken MacLeod’s Guest Selected series of Book Festival events and featuring science fiction writers from the Festival plus a mix of poetry, songs, music, drama...

Ten at Ten

Thursday 17 August 10:00am - 10:10am

A small yet perfectly formed reading from one of our Festival authors to start your day. Check the screen in the Entrance Tent to see who's reading today.

BBC Radio 4 Front Row

Live Recording with Festival Authors

Thursday 17 August 10:00am - 11:00am

An opportunity to be part of the audience for a recording of BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts programme. This morning in our Baillie Gifford Main Theatre, Front Row, presented by Val McDermid, invites a panel of our Festival authors to talk about their new...

A Piece of You

Thursday 17 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private chamber concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your innermost thoughts into your very...