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.

John Burnside

Unlikely Friendships

Thursday 17 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

One of the most acclaimed writers of his generation, poet, memoirist and novelist John Burnside today treats us to two new works. The hugely praised Ashland & Vine is the beautifully woven tale of an unlikely friendship between a grieving,...

Philip Hoare & Ian Stephen

Down to the Sea Again

Thursday 17 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Samuel Johnson Prize-winner Philip Hoare looks at the ways in which humans have conveyed the elusive lure of the sea and its enigmatic creatures in RisingTideFallingStar. Writer, storyteller, and former Lewis coastguard Ian Stephen mixes memoir,...

Claire Askew & Russell Jones

Edinburgh, City of Poetry

Thursday 17 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Whether you’re at the Diggers pub, the Café Royal or practically anywhere else in Edinburgh, the chances are a poet has been there before you - invariably a good one and not too long ago either. Get inspired to find new ways to explore the city with...

Dear Zoo Turns 35

All Ages

Thursday 17 August 1:30pm - 4:30pm

'I wrote to the Zoo to send me a pet…' Rod Campbell’s beloved classic Dear Zoo is 35 years old this year. Join us to celebrate with animal antics, arts and crafts.

Siri Hustvedt

A Life of Art and Science

Thursday 17 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

More than 50 years after the bust-up over C P Snow's famous Rede Lecture on the chasm between art and science, we welcome Siri Hustvedt, acclaimed American novelist and commentator on feminism, art criticism and philosophy, who analyses how the two...

Big Changes with Lisa Stickley

Age 3-6

Thursday 17 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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...