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.

Lars Mytting & Rachel Seiffert

Echoing Cry of War

Saturday 19 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Norway’s internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood, Lars Mytting brings us his latest novel, The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, a deeply moving family story of epic scale. The Dark Room, by Rachel Seiffert, was shortlisted for the Man Booker...

Jerry Brotton

Sultana Isabel’s New Friends

Saturday 19 August 10:30am - 11:30am

‘Sultana Isabel’ was what Arab chroniclers called England’s Queen Elizabeth, and they delighted in her triumph over their mutual enemy, Spain’s Philip II. In This Orient Isle, Jerry Brotton shows that the links between England and the Islamic...

Joe Berger: Tricky Truths

Age 6-9

Saturday 19 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Have you ever told a lie? Sam Lyttle gets himself in all sorts of trouble because he is constantly fibbing. If he wants to stop getting into scrapes, he must learn to tell the truth. Hear author-illustrator Joe Berger read from Lyttle Lies: The Pudding...

Alan MacDonald: D.I.S.C.O

Age 6-9

Saturday 19 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Chaos returns with Dirty Bertie in the latest instalment of the bestselling series. This time Bertie has been tricked into attending the school disco with Angela Nicely. Hear from Bertie's creator Alan MacDonald and find out all about his latest...

Dexter Dias

The Renaissance Barrister

Saturday 19 August 11:00am - 12:00pm

Dexter Dias is a QC who has handled some of the biggest cases in the land and has a formidable reputation among his fellow barristers. He has also written five novels. Yet his new book, The Ten Types of Human, is completely different. A pioneering...

Freedom to Think

Getting Creative with Crafts

Saturday 19 August 11:00am - 1:00pm

Children’s creativity campaign Freedom to Think provides inspiration to get creative juices flowing. Drop in to try your hand at drawing, making and modelling with bestselling author Jonathan Stroud. He started the campaign because he believes young...

Get Stuck Into Science with the Royal Society

All Ages

Saturday 19 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

Ignite your creativity with hands-on family activities, surprising science experiments and interesting crafts inspired by the shortlist of the Royal Society's 2017 Young People’s Book Prize. Browse the six shortlisted books and cast your vote for the...

Isla Fisher

Age 5-8

Saturday 19 August 11:45am - 12:45pm

Hollywood actor Isla Fisher has played many roles over the years, from a bonkers bridesmaid in Wedding Crashers to the poster girl for consumerism in Confessions of a Shopaholic. But her favourite role has been being a mum and making up stories at...