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.

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

I'm Coming with You

Sunday 20 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Scottish PEN fights for oppressed writers and marginalised linguistic groups. To celebrate its 90th anniversary, its Writers in Exile Committee produced an anthology, I'm Coming With You, which shares the thoughts and feelings of people from countries...

M R Carey & Joe Hill

Terrifying Dystopian Dramas

Sunday 20 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

DC and Marvel writer Mike Carey ditches his first name and uses his initials to indicate he’s back on novel-creating duty. The Boy on the Bridge follows up the monumentally successful The Girl With All the Gifts and sticks to similar post-apocalyptic...

Sebastien de Castell & Jonathan Stroud: Tricks and Twists

Age 12+

Sunday 20 August 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Be drawn under the spell of two fantastic fantasy authors in an event filled with magical worlds and unexpected twists. Sebastien de Castell's Spellslinger is a dramatic tale of tricks, traps and romance while Jonathan Stroud's bestselling Lockwood & Co...

Xiaolu Guo & Brian Johnstone

Childhood is a Foreign Country

Sunday 20 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Two acclaimed writers turn their focus on the confusion and complexity of childhood, both seeking to understand the actions of their parents that still resonate deeply in adulthood. Novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo charts her journey from a tiny...

Hannah Berry & Sarah Laing

Graphic Novels of Influential Women

Sunday 20 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Katherine Mansfield was the only writer of whom Virginia Woolf was jealous. The New Zealand icon, who died from tuberculosis at the age of 34, is brought to vivid life through Sarah Laing’s new graphic novel memoir. Hannah Berry’s Livestock is a...

Jason Donald & Jenny Erpenbeck

Helping Hand

Sunday 20 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Two novels illuminate how we treat the dispossessed. Jason Donald's Dalila flees a violent past in Kenya, only to discover that what she faces in London may be just as brutal. In Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck, winner of the 2015 Independent Foreign...

Jean Hanff Korelitz & Nell Zink

Squatters' Rights

Sunday 20 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Two fine American writers with tales of our time. In The Devil and Webster, a twisty new novel from bestselling Jean Hanff Korelitz, the feminist Principal of a New England college is overwhelmed when a Palestinian student finds his property overrun by...

Peter Conradi

Is Russia Lost to Us for Good?

Sunday 20 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Is the new Cold War-esque Russia actually the fault of a Western world which gloated when the Soviet Union collapsed? Peter Conradi, the Sunday Times foreign editor and co-author of The King’s Speech, argues that our basic misunderstanding of what...

Charles Causley 100 Years

A One of a Kind Performance

Sunday 20 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Born a century ago, Charles Causley's legacy and influence continue to this day not least in the work of today's presenter Roger McGough. Causley's former home, Cyprus Well, is now a centre where writers, musicians and artists are supported by The...

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