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.

Horses that Rock with Tor Freeman & Gavin Puckett

Age 6-9

Saturday 19 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Create rocking rhymes and rip-roaring illustrations with author Gavin Puckett and illustrator Tor Freeman as they introduce you to Hendrix the Rocking Horse. Hendrix is just an ordinary horse, until one day he discovers a love of music. When he finds a...

Martin Brown: Lesser Spotted Animals

Age 4-7

Saturday 19 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Take an around-the-world expedition with Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown and discover some of the lesser spotted creatures of the animal kingdom. Then draw your favourite finds. Expect singing, dancing and lots of fun in this wildly...

Poets Laureate: I Wandered Lonely as a Crowd

Brilliant Contemporary Poets

Saturday 19 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

What does it mean to be a poet and represent a collective voice? Luke Wright guides us through 350 topical years of Poets Laureate – from Dryden to Duffy – as four brilliant contemporary poets perform their work and make a bid for a Laureateship of...

Chris Mould & Steve Webb: Tunnel of Doom

Age 6-9

Saturday 19 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

In Spangles McNasty and the Tunnel of Doom, Spangles has inherited a rickety old rollercoaster and is trying to make money by tricking people onto it. Can local boy Freddie stop him in his tracks? Come along to find out how Steve Webb uses bonkers...

Celebrate Diversity with Tessa Strickland

Age 4-7

Saturday 19 August 12:45pm - 1:30pm

Tessa Strickland introduces her beautiful book, The Barefoot Book of Children. Bring along your favourite hat to help Tessa uncover the similarities that hide in our differences. A fun, inclusive event celebrating the diversity of humanity (and...

Derek Landy: Resurrection

Age 12+

Saturday 19 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Old and new characters come together to fight horrors of global proportions in the latest instalment of the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series, Resurrection. Bring your questions for author Derek Landy and find out all you have ever wanted to know...

The Story of Edinburgh

Journey Through the Literary Landscape

Saturday 19 August 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Drop in for a mix of lively storytelling and readings, led by authors from Edinburgh's literary history. You can also explore the city digitally through a touchscreen programme with LitLong: Edinburgh, an innovative way to experience the city from the...

Growing Down with Laura Dockrill

Age 8-12

Saturday 19 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Mum isn't growing up, she's growing down! Laura Dockrill performs some of the rip-roaring poems from My Mum is a Grown Down, a collection exploring a crazy but moving relationship between a mother and son. Come along for some ridiculous rhymes and...
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Simon Callow

Analysing Wagner's Backstory

Saturday 19 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm