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 Bryden & Lesley Riddoch

Checking Out the ‘Nordic Model’

Friday 18 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Petroleum activities have played a key role in the development of today’s welfare state in Norway. When the first production licences were awarded in the mid-1960s, hardly anyone realised what a huge impact the industry would have on the Norwegian...

A Piece of You

Friday 18 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

A Piece of You is an intimate performance for up to three people at a time; a private chamber concert for you and your friends or family. Award-winning performance artist, cellist and composer Greg Sinclair turns your innermost thoughts into your very...

Xan Brooks & Hannah Kent

Dark, Then Light

Friday 18 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Xan Brooks, named as one of the Observer’s New Faces of Fiction 2017, presents an assured debut, The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times, a social-realist fairytale that explores the dark underbelly of 1920s Britain. Darting from the hidden...

Writing Animals

Timeless Characters in Children's Books

Friday 18 August 10:30am - 11:30am

From Peter Rabbit to The Wind in the Willows and The Gruffalo, our children’s books are packed with kittens in frocks and talking toads. Join Emer Stamp, creator of the very funny and gently anarchic Diary of Pig series of illustrated novels and Kat...

Stephen D King

An Uncertain Economic Future?

Friday 18 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Is globalisation now a busted flush? Senior economic adviser at HSBC, Stephen D King certainly believes that it is no longer the inevitable force it once appeared and that the rise of nationalism, Trump and Brexit are signs that the public’s patience...

Doctor Book

All Ages

Friday 18 August 10:30am - 3:30pm

Tell us what you like and Doctor Book will write you a prescription for some wonderful and inspiring new books to read. A simple medical procedure to cure your reading woes for babies, teens or even parents, courtesy of Edinburgh City Libraries.

Out of the Box

All Ages

Friday 18 August 11:00am - 2:00pm

Join paper engineer and founder of BrilliantBuilds, Jemma Westing for an innovative and exciting recycled craft session. Take a simple cardboard tube and transform it into your own colourful patterned owl.