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.

Freedom to Think

Getting Creative with Crafts

Sunday 20 August 11:00am - 1:00pm

Children’s creativity campaign Freedom to Think provides inspiration to get creative juices flowing. Drop in to try your hand at drawing, making and modelling with bestselling author Jonathan Stroud. He started the campaign because he believes young...

Get Stuck Into Science with the Royal Society

All Ages

Sunday 20 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

Ignite your creativity with hands-on family activities, surprising science experiments and interesting crafts inspired by the shortlist of the Royal Society's 2017 Young People’s Book Prize. Browse the six shortlisted books and cast your vote for the...

Sam Gayton: Brewing a Catastrophe

Age 6-9

Sunday 20 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

It looks like somebody has been brewing secret potions when Prince Alexander is transformed into a fluffy-wuffy kitten in His Royal Whiskers. Discover writer Sam Gayton’s secret recipe for making up stories and get lots of tips for brewing up your own...

I Want… Tony Ross!

Age 4-7

Sunday 20 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Meet bestselling author and illustrator Tony Ross and learn all about his hilarious and very demanding character, the Little Princess, from his beloved books I Want My Potty! and I Want My Dummy! Find out how the Little Princess has her entire kingdom...

Thordis Elva

Trauma and Forgiveness

Sunday 20 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

For eight years Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger exchanged emails about the moment he raped her when she was 16. Then they decided it was time to meet. They came together in Cape Town, South Africa, a country that is no stranger to the healing power of...