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.

There Were Two Brothers

A Solo Show Gets Personal

Friday 18 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Inspired by an obscure 80s novel, actor and writer Mark Kydd has woven together fact and fiction to create There Were Two Brothers, an intimate, funny and heartfelt show about his experience of growing up gay in Scotland. Join Kydd for an unexpected...

Laurie Penny

Taking Bigotry to Task

Friday 18 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

A self-confessed ‘nerd, nomad and activist’, Laurie Penny is a potent commentator about feminism, gender and political dystopia, all of which helped make her the youngest nominee ever of the Orwell Prize. With a fierce intelligence, she has...


Kayo Chingonyi & Friends

Friday 18 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Kayo Chingonyi is one of the most exciting new voices in UK poetry. His debut collection Kumukanda is a powerful, hilarious exploration of race and masculinity which kicks hard against easy notions of identity. Host of wordy wonders in London like The...

Curtains Up with Vivian French & Kristina Stephenson

Age 7-10

Saturday 19 August 10:00am - 12:00pm

Bestselling author-illustrator Kristina Stephenson and writer and former actor Vivian French love to tell stories by dramatising them. Today they offer you the opportunity to help devise a play – complete with props and music – based on Kristina’s...

Nick Sharratt: Clever Cat Creations

Age 4-7

Saturday 19 August 10:00am - 11:00am

When a dragon burns the king's castle to the ground, he and his clever cat must move into an ordinary house at number 37 Castle Close. But will this new house be dragon-proof? Festival favourite Nick Sharratt live draws the lavish illustrations from his...

Taking the Air

Create an Encyclopaedia

Saturday 19 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

Feeling ‘peched oot’ from rushing around the Festival? Pause for a lungful and help create an illuminated encyclopaedia exploring the language and history of breath and air. Contribute your words, definitions, drawings, poems and stories - or simply...