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.

Zadie Smith

Dancing with Dreams

Saturday 19 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

It’s been five years since Zadie Smith was last among us, and that’s far too long. She’s back with Swing Time, a novel about friendship between two girls who dream of being dancers and the gaps that open up as their paths in life diverge. Come...

Dilys Rose & Francis Spufford

On the Edge of Enlightenment

Saturday 19 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Two novels set on the cusp of the modern world. In Unspeakable, Dilys Rose brings to life Thomas Aikenhead, a confident 20 year old student at Edinburgh University who, in 1697, was the last person to be hanged for blasphemy. Widely admired for his...

Kayo Chingonyi & Adam O'Riordan

Elegant and Essential Poetry

Saturday 19 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Two of the most intoxicating and exciting voices in British poetry come together to present new collections that capture the beauty, wonder and folly of life. Kumukanda is the long-awaited first full-length collection by poet Kayo Chingonyi. A Herring...

John Gordon Sinclair

Facing Down the Mafia

Saturday 19 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Putting yet further distance between himself and Gregory’s Girl, John Gordon Sinclair introduces his third crime novel, Walk in Silence. When an organised crime outfit kidnaps a boy and demands one of their own is released, lawyer Keira Lynch is...

There Were Two Brothers

A Solo Show Gets Personal

Saturday 19 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Inspired by an obscure 80s novel, actor and writer Mark Kydd has woven together fact and fiction to create There Were Two Brothers, an intimate, funny and heartfelt show about his experience of growing up gay in Scotland. Join Kydd for an unexpected...

David Keenan & David F Ross

Post-Punk’s Not Dead

Saturday 19 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

The decade that taste often forgot is brought back to some kind of life in new literary adventures from the two Scottish Davids, Keenan and Ross. This Is Memorial Device from Keenan follows a bunch of small town misfits forming a mythical 80s post-punk...

Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Thordis Elva & Courtney Sina Meredith with Jackie Kay

21st Century Women

Saturday 19 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

Today, Jackie Kay brings together guests from three remarkably different continents. Argentinian novelist Gabriela Cabezón Cámara’s Slum Virgin tells the story of Cleopatra, a transvestite who renounces prostitution after the Virgin Mary appears...


Babble On Poetry Party

Saturday 19 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Still think of poets as wallflowers hiding in their garrets? You’ve obviously never been to their parties – but tonight’s your night. Hosted by armchair revolutionary Elvis McGonagall, Saturday’s Unbound sees an eruption of wild voices. Ten-time...