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.

Greg James & Chris Smith: Not So Normal

Families & 9+

Saturday 12 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Murph Cooper’s mum has mistakenly enrolled him in superhero school, but he has no superpowers. When the school comes under threat, will he be able to save the day? BBC Radio 1 presenter Greg James and newsreader Chris Smith come together for an...

Geraldine McCaughrean & Katherine Rundell: Stranded

Age 10-14

Saturday 12 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Geraldine McCaughrean’s Where the World Ends and Katherine Rundell’s The Explorer both tell magnificent stories of young characters stranded in remote places. Join these two multi award-winning authors as they discuss how to create interesting...

Afternoon Tea with Yemisi Aribisala

Tingle Your Taste Buds

Saturday 12 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

For those with little knowledge of Nigerian cuisine, Yemisi Aribisala will be something of a revelation. Her Longthroat Memoirs is a love letter to her country's palate and an insight into the steamier side of food. Join her to find out about the...
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Farida Khalaf & Andrea C Hoffman

Great Bravery, Great Escape

Saturday 12 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

In 2014 Farida Khalaf, a Yazidi teenager, was kidnapped and sold into slavery when her northern Iraqi village was attacked by ISIS. With great courage, she took on her captors and escaped. Her remarkable story is told in The Girl Who Escaped ISIS,...

Chris Leslie & Johnny Rodger

Reaching the Heights

Saturday 12 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

When a major city undergoes regeneration, there are always some cons among the obvious pros. In Disappearing Glasgow, artist and photographer Chris Leslie and Professor of Architecture Johnny Rodger present a joint project exploring how Glasgow’s...

Important Expeditions with Diana Hendry

Age 9-12

Saturday 12 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Explore fathers, sons and self-discovery in this mischievous event with Whitbread Award-winner Diana Hendry. In Out of the Clouds Oliver Coggin, desperate to escape his chaotic family life, embarks upon a journey to find out why his father never...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Right to a Childhood

Saturday 12 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Freedom from Torture does vital work with survivors of torture who arrive in the UK. More than 50,000 people have been referred for help and thousands have rebuilt their lives. Therapeutic writing is an invaluable part of its work. Today’s readings...

Aravind Adiga

Bowled Over by Mumbai

Saturday 12 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

The last debut novelist to win the Man Booker Prize (in 2008 with White Tiger), Aravind Adiga now brings us Selection Day, widely held to be even better. He comes to the Festival today to tell us about his story of two Mumbai brothers who are pushed by...

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