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.

The Story of Edinburgh

Journey Through the Literary Landscape

Saturday 12 August 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Drop in for a mix of lively storytelling and readings, led by authors from Edinburgh's literary history. You can also explore the city digitally through a touchscreen programme with LitLong: Edinburgh, an innovative way to experience the city from the...

Chae Strathie: Arrr You Ready to Pirate?

Age 6-9

Saturday 12 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Ahoy, matey! Climb the crow's nest, walk the plank and talk like a pirate in a swashbuckling adventure around the Seven Seas with author Chae Strathie and his latest book Captain Firebeard's School for Pirates. Quick - aboard yer ship, me cap'n.

Julia Hobsbawm

Too Much Information?

Saturday 12 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

In Fully Connected, Professor of Networking Julia Hobsbawm explores ways to cope in an age of overload. Drowning in data and deadlines, our lives have become dissatisfying, over-complex and unproductive. Just as we take care of our physical health we...

Dominic Dromgoole

The Bard Goes Abroad

Saturday 12 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

To take Hamlet on a world tour, or not to take Hamlet on a world tour? That was the question which Artistic Director of the Globe, Dominic Dromgoole, posed himself as he pondered the best way to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth....

Rachel Hosker & Ruth Reed

How We Store Our Stories

Saturday 12 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

In our age of internet clouds and dropboxes, the way we record ourselves has multiplied but the way we store our memories has become more intangible. Two leading archivists, Rachel Hosker, from the Centre for Research Collections, University of...

Story Shop

Saturday 12 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Immerse yourself in short stories at Story Shop, hosted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Hear up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today. Check or our website in July for the line-up.

Jess Phillips

Telling the Truth

Saturday 12 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Journalist Julie Burchill calls her 'a breath of fresh air, with a dirty laugh'. In Everywoman, Labour politician Jess Phillips shouts long and loudly about the things she cares most about: poverty, equality, the rights of refugees and serving her...