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.

Tracy Chevalier

Dragging Shakespeare into the 1970s

Sunday 20 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Girl With a Pearl Earring propelled Tracy Chevalier onto the historical fiction stage and with her latest book, New Boy, she tackles 1970s Washington DC. When a young black boy finds himself in an all-white school, he is desperate to find an ally, a...

Deni Ellis Béchard & Natasha Kanapé Fontaine

Letters of Reconciliation

Sunday 20 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Two Canadian writers explore the pains of the past. Kuei, je te salue is a literary and political meeting of two great writers: Deni Ellis Béchard, an author and reporter who grew up between Canada and the United States, and Natasha Kanapé Fontaine,...

Nick Laird & Don Paterson

Poems for the Here and Now

Sunday 20 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

In The Zoo of the New, two of Britain’s best poets, Nick Laird and Don Paterson, cast an expert eye over 500 years of poetry, offering an anthology that speaks to our times. Drawn from across nations, from Sappho to Denise Riley, there are the...

Margo Jefferson with Jackie Kay

Feminism and Civil Rights

Sunday 20 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson is the author of a bold, defiant and astonishingly accomplished memoir, Negroland. Powerfully demonstrating that a ‘post-racial’ America is far from being a reality,...


True Stories Live - Lost & Found

Sunday 20 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Love The Moth? This intimate storytelling event asks ordinary people to tell true stories from their life to the friendly Spiegeltent crowd. With the theme of Lost & Found, the stories might be heartwarming, revealing, funny, shocking or sad – or all...

Ten at Ten

Monday 21 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.

Caroline Moorehead

Florentines Who Fought Fascism

Monday 21 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Following two bestselling books on the French Resistance, Caroline Moorehead turns her attention to their Italian equivalents. Drawing on a cache of untranslated letters and diaries, her new book A Bold and Dangerous Family tells the remarkable story of...

Eva Dolan & Volker Kutscher

Blood on the Tracks

Monday 21 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Two bestselling crime writers at the top of their game discuss character and assassination. In Eva Dolan's fourth Zigic and Ferreira investigation, a trans woman has been murdered. Was it a hate crime or a case of mistaken identity? Meanwhile, German...

Row Your Boat

Age 4-7

Monday 21 August 10:30am - 11:15am

Daphne the duck is getting ready for her bath when she discovers she has run out of bubble bath - what a disaster! Join Grinagog Theatre and help Daphne row her boat in this bubble-making, rollicking adventure full of live music and interaction.