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.

David Olusoga

Black and British

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

In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers a revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new research, original records and expert...

David Long: Survivors

Families & 8+

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

Writer and historian David Long shocks and amazes young and old alike with his beautifully illustrated anthology Survivors. Can a man survive in the Atlantic drinking shark blood instead of water? Come along to find out and hear David reveal more...

Andrew O'Hagan

Identity Parades

Thursday 17 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

In a year when Orwell's 1984 became a literary hit all over again, issues around surveillance, technology, the state and individual are firmly back on the agenda. In The Secret Life, Andrew O’Hagan not only creates a new identity for himself, but...

Building on Author Events

Literacy Specialist Shares Tips For Teachers

Thursday 17 August 5:30pm - 6:45pm

Want to make the most of your class visit to the Book Festival, author visits to your school or online author talks? Poet and literacy specialist Georgi Gill shares tips and ideas for activities to help you harness the enthusiasm of your pupils and...

Adam Roberts & Jo Walton with Ken MacLeod

What Makes SF so Great?

Thursday 17 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

How is science fiction sharpened by the dialogue between writers and critics and between fans and academics? Today, Guest Selector Ken MacLeod joins writer and University of London lecturer Adam Roberts, whose protagonist in new novella Bethany has been...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Love is a Human Right

Thursday 17 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Every day across the globe, sexual orientation and gender identity leads to discrimination, violence, imprisonment, torture or even execution and Amnesty International campaigns so that everyone can enjoy full human rights protections. Today, Festival...

Alice Broadway & Juno Dawson: Tattoos and Coping Tactics

Age 14+

Thursday 17 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

In Alice Broadway's Ink and Juno Dawson's Margot & Me, family secrets are unearthed and hidden stories discovered. Join two immensely talented authors of young adult fiction as they share tales of tattoos, love, loss and forgiveness and explore how best...

Lord Fox

A Tale for Our Times

Thursday 17 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

From songmaker Kirsty Law, author Kirsty Logan and contemporary harpist Esther Swift comes a dark and transporting new performance, Lord Fox. Inspired by the traditional tale of seduction, curiosity, violence and revenge, this show is a contemporary...