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.

Mathieu Burniat & Thibault Damour

The World of Quantum Physics as a Graphic Novel

Saturday 19 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Dubbed as ‘Tintin meets Brian Cox’, Mysteries of the Quantum Universe gets its head round the mind-bending world of quantum physics in a graphic novel which took France by storm. The authors, Mathieu Burniat (graphic illustrator) and Thibault Damour...

Story Shop

Saturday 19 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Immerse yourself in short stories at Story Shop, hosted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Hear up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today. Check or our website in July for the line-up.

Jenni Murray

Best of British Women

Saturday 19 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Get ready for the ultimate Woman’s Hour as the show’s presenter and the possessor, as veteran broadcaster Charles Wheeler rightly observed, of 'the most beautiful voice on radio - ever', talks about choosing her heroines in A History of Britain in...

Martin Brown & Mark Price: Checkmate

Families & 8+

Saturday 19 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

The Foolish King: The Secret History of Chess teaches you how to play the strategy game with the help of wacky and original characters. Learn the secrets of chess with author Mark Price while illustrator Martin Brown brings to life the whimsical...

Afternoon Tea with Davy Zyw

Finger Sandwiches and Fizz

Saturday 19 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Davy Zyw certainly knows his way around a champagne cork. As the youngest British wine waiter to work for the Roux brothers, he’s risen through the ranks to become an expert who appeals to both the connoisseur and casual drinker. Join him to hear...

Tahir Abbas & Kaya Genç

Whither Turkey

Saturday 19 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Two of the most probing commentators on modern Turkey, novelist and essayist Kaya Genç and the political scientist and researcher on international defence and security Tahir Abbas, assess the political, economic and cultural future of Turkey. Now that...