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.

Kathryn Evans & Penny Joelson: Unusual Debuts

Age 12+

Saturday 19 August 4:15pm - 5:15pm

Last year's Book Festival First Book Award winner Kathryn Evans reads from her winning novel for young adults More of Me. She joins Penny Joelson whose book I Have No Secrets centres on a young girl with cerebral palsy confronting a terrible secret....

Burhan Sönmez & Deepak Unnikrishnan

Voices in the Silence

Saturday 19 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

In Istanbul, Istanbul, novelist Burhan Sönmez remembers prisoners quietly telling each other stories as a way of surviving. In Temporary People, Deepak Unnikrishnan also gives voice to those who would be silent: migrant workers; a woman who stitches...
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Alexander McCall Smith

From Merchiston, with Mirth

Saturday 19 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Harry Baker

Performing Poetry with Charm

Saturday 19 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Meet the man who is a World Poetry Slam Champion turned full-time poet via a maths degree. Following on from his debut collection, The Sunshine Kid, Harry Baker brings a selection of old favourites and brand new poems to the Book Festival this year....

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

In the Minority

Saturday 19 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

All over the world, groups of people remain under threat from the mainstream population of their country. These persecuted minorities all share rich traditions of storytelling and today’s readings include writing selected by the Uyghur people of...
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Reni Eddo-Lodge, iO Tillett Wright with Jackie Kay

Let's Talk About Identity, Race and Gender

Saturday 19 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge’s impassioned blog Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race went viral and the subsequent book is a vital exploration of privilege, class, gender and denial. As she transitions from male to female, Juno...

Iosi Havilio & Luke Kennard

Buddhas of Suburbia

Saturday 19 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Two uncanny and unnerving imaginings of modern suburban life from two formidable literary talents. Luke Kennard invites you to take part in The Transition, a six-month mentorship for young couples trying to learn responsibility and become adults. While...

Modern Love with Brian Conaghan & Sarah Crossan

Age 14+

Saturday 19 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

We Come Apart, a contemporary twist on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, is a stunning account of love and heartbreak that challenges social expectations. Award-winning authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan get together to share their gripping...

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