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.

Louise Doughty & Ariana Harwicz

Radical and Right

Thursday 17 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Hear two prize-winning authors whose work has received plaudits here and abroad. Louise Doughty follows her top 10 bestseller Apple Tree Yard with Black Water. Set against the Indonesian military dictatorship of the 1960s, it explores dark events...

Dads Rock

Age 3-6

Thursday 17 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Dads Rock run playgroups across Edinburgh for kids and their rock-loving dads. Now, they bring their blend of stories, rhymes and songs to the Festival. Joining in with their legendary rendition of 'We Will Rock You' is obligatory. Tickets admit 1 child...

Howard Jacobson

Consolation of Savage Satire

Thursday 17 August 10:30am - 11:30am

This year has left many of us reeling, speechless. Following Trump's election, Man Booker winner Howard Jacobson wrote Pussy, a comic fairy tale, while gripped by ‘a fury of disbelief’. The story tells of Prince Fracassus, an idle, illiterate,...

Jonathan Miles

Matryoshka City Stories

Thursday 17 August 11:00am - 12:00pm

The city we know as St Petersburg (having also been Petrograd and Leningrad in the last century) has a colourful backstory. Cultural historian Jonathan Miles explores 300 years of a city which features murder, massacre and madness as well as art, love...

Teddy Bear Life Drawing

All Ages

Thursday 17 August 11:00am - 1:00pm

Bring along your teddy bear for an art class with a difference. Susie Hodge, author of Why is Art Full of Naked People?, shows you how to draw your teddy bear in a variety of styles, from impressionism to pointillism.

Stef Penney

Back to the Arctic

Thursday 17 August 11:45am - 12:45pm

Winner of the Costa Prize for The Tenderness of Wolves, Stef Penney makes a welcome return to the Arctic with Under a Pole Star, in which a whaler’s daughter from Dundee leads an 1889 British expedition to northern Greenland, and falls for an American...