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.

Nairn's Are You Sitting Comfortably?

All Ages

Sunday 20 August 10:00am - 10:30am

Start your day with a magical trip into the world of words with one of our Festival authors. Stories, poems, songs or rhymes may feature in this free event suitable for children of all ages. Appearing today: Edinburgh for Under Fives.

Ten at Ten

Sunday 20 August 10:00am - 10:10am

A small yet perfectly formed reading from one of our Festival authors to start your day. Check the screen in the Entrance Tent to see who's reading today.

Kristina Stephenson: Sir Charlie Stinky Socks is 10

Age 4-7

Sunday 20 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks returns for another fantastic adventure on his 10th anniversary! By the light of a silvery moon, joined by his faithful friends, he is heading for Thunder Mountain. His mission? To find a dinosaur. Kristina Stephenson, brave...

Taking the Air

Create an Encyclopaedia

Sunday 20 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

Feeling ‘peched oot’ from rushing around the Festival? Pause for a lungful and help create an illuminated encyclopaedia exploring the language and history of breath and air. Contribute your words, definitions, drawings, poems and stories - or simply...

Roland Buti & Adam Thorpe

Dried Out

Sunday 20 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Winner of the Swiss Literature Prize Roland Buti sets his latest novel in 1976, the century's hottest summer, when drought threatens to bring down the Sutters, parents of 13 year old Gus. Adam Thorpe, who wrote the bestselling Ulverton, also has a...

Matt Dickinson: Everest Calling

Families & 8+

Sunday 20 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Matt Dickinson's The Everest Files trilogy centres on a teenager on a gap year in Nepal who embarks upon a solo climb of Everest to get to the bottom of a mysterious disappearance. What emerges is a twisting tale in which life and death decisions are...

Patrick Elliott & Anne Galastro

Heralding an Artist of Substance

Sunday 20 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Some stars shine brightly over a short period of time, others remain for longer before fizzling out. Painter Joan Eardley was in the former camp having a career which lasted less than two decades but which still has an impact today. The Scottish...

Christopher Edge & Ross Welford: Strange and Unexpected

Age 9-12

Sunday 20 August 10:30am - 11:30am

In Christopher Edge’s cosmic adventure The Jamie Drake Equation, Jamie needs to help his astronaut dad save the world from aliens. In What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford, Ethel realises her invisibility trick isn’t wearing off -...
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John McHugo

Islam’s Great Divide

Sunday 20 August 11:00am - 12:00pm