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.

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John Hunter

Small Islands, Big History

Friday 18 August 11:00am - 12:00pm

Raja Shehadeh

Crossing Boundaries

Friday 18 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Brave, intelligent and deeply personal, Where the Line is Drawn shows how the Israeli occupation affects every aspect of Palestinian daily life. Raja Shehadeh, Palestine's premier writer and essayist, winner of the 2008 Orwell Prize and founder of the...

Lucy Crehan & Jonathan Stroud

Cracking Imaginative Education

Friday 18 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Frustrated with politicians peddling education policy as a version of what takes place in top-performing nations, teacher Lucy Crehan set out to visit six education systems from Finland to Shanghai. Her book, Cleverlands, is the truth behind the...
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Matt Haig

When an Extraordinary Life Seeks Normality

Friday 18 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Penny Pepper & iO Tillett Wright

British Punk, New York Art Shout it Out Loud

Friday 18 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Penny Pepper is a poet, punk, pioneer and spoken word artist. She is also disabled. Her memoir of love, sex, music, success, failure and misadventure in late 20th century British punk mark her out as a wild child. iO Tillett Wright, whose TED talk '50...