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.

Charlie Fletcher & Ken MacLeod

The Final Curtains

Thursday 17 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Two trilogies from two bestselling writers come to a spectacular end in this event. The Remnant, Charlie Fletcher’s Victorian fantasy, has a finale in which the secret society keeping the natural and supernatural worlds apart falls into crisis. Far in...

Story Shop

Thursday 17 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.

Aidan O'Rourke, James Robertson & Kit Downes

A Tune and a Story a Day

Thursday 17 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Scottish fiddler Aidan O’Rourke was inspired to write a tune a day for a whole year as a musical response to James Robertson’s book, 365, itself a collection of stories written on, and for, each day of the year. One year on, join O’Rourke and...

Susie Hodge: Why is Art Full of Naked People?

Families & 8+

Thursday 17 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Susie Hodge helps you understand art in her new book Why is Art Full of Naked People?, an accessible and educational introduction to art history. What's with all the fruit? And is this piece finished? Susie answers all the questions that you've been...

Silly Swines with Emer Stamp

Age 5-10

Thursday 17 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Pig is back in The Big, Fat, Totally Bonkers Diary of Pig. Life at the farm is completely crazy - you wouldn’t believe some of the things that happen. But Pig says they are 10,000% true and he is not pig-ing around! Author-illustrator Emer Stamp will...

Richard Reed

Innocent Advice

Thursday 17 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Successful business people such as Richard Reed will always have good advice to offer. But the man behind Innocent, the juice brand, is here to discuss the words of wisdom that kept him motivated to transform a smoothie stall into a multi-million pound...

Afternoon Tea with Joudie Kalla

Culinary Delights

Thursday 17 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

While there has been a recent upswing in interest about Middle Eastern cuisine, the food of Palestine remains something of an enigma. London-based chef Joudie Kalla is here to change all that as she brings us memories of growing up in a Palestinian...