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.

Michael Longley

Landscapes of Love

Sunday 20 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

One of the greatest living Irish poets, Michael Longley’s poetry has often centred (as in the heart-stoppingly beautiful ‘The Leveret’) on his 'soul-landscape' of Carrigskeewaun, Co Mayo. Now, visiting his painter-daughter at Lochalsh, he has...

Dark Forces with Robin Jarvis

Age 10-14

Sunday 20 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Author of the bestselling Whitby Witches series, Robin Jarvis returns with The Devil's Paintbox, in which the discovery of a hidden paintbox leads to evil being unleashed. Robin teaches you how to create supernatural creatures and enchanted worlds in...

Julia Gottwald & Barbara J Sahakian

Mind Games: The Next Level

Sunday 20 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

The ability to read minds usually only exists in the movies. But neuroscientists are now attempting to get into our heads via functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI for short), allowing our brain activity to be read in real time. Cambridge...

Alwyn Hamilton & Maria Turtschaninoff: True Survival

Age 12+

Sunday 20 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Alwyn Hamilton and Maria Turtschaninoff share the ideas behind the thrilling stories and strong female characters in their fantasy books. Traitor to the Throne, the second book in Alwyn’s Rebel of the Sands trilogy, is a story of espionage set in a...

Anna McQuinn: Learn with Lulu

Age 3-6

Sunday 20 August 2:45pm - 3:30pm

Celebrate 10 years of Anna McQuinn's lovable Lulu series. Get crafting with Anna and create your own Mary Mary doll to decorate your garden or make a cute origami cat. Tickets admit 1 child and 1 accompanying adult. Adult supervision recommended.

Story Shop

Sunday 20 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 www.cityofliterature.com or our website in July for the line-up.

William Dalrymple

Diamonds are Forever

Sunday 20 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

With Anita Anand, William Dalrymple has penned the authoritative history of the Koh-i Noor, arguably the most celebrated jewel in the world. Steeped in mystery and mythology, ‘The Mountain of Light’ symbolises Britain’s controversial colonial rule...

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