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.

Joan Lennon & Paul Magrs: Sensational Sci-Fi

Age 12+

Saturday 12 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Be transported to faraway worlds with two fascinating writers. Joan Lennon's Walking Mountain involves a race against time to save the planet from disaster, while the second instalment in Paul Magrs' Mars trilogy, The Martian Girl, sees Lora struggle...

Fiona Sampson

Stone Diaries

Saturday 12 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Published in 37 countries, Fiona Sampson is one of our most lauded poets. Limestone Country, which is set in four very different landscapes, explores her love affair with the sedimentary rock that time and water have made out of bones and shells. In...

Paula Hawkins

Diving for Dear Life

Saturday 12 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

The Girl on the Train was not only a huge number one bestseller in 2015 (smashing all manner of Dan Brown-shaped chart records), it also became a massive success in cinemas a year later. Zimbabwe-born Paula Hawkins’s second novel, Into the Water, has...

Lawrence Osborne & Olivia Sudjic

Modern Times

Saturday 12 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Two electrifying novels of our age. Olivia Sudjic, one of the Observer's New Faces of Fiction for 2017, brings us Sympathy, her smart debut of obsessive love and our efforts to connect online. With Beautiful Animals, Lawrence Osborne offers a brilliant...
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The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

A Theatrical Exploration

Saturday 12 August 8:00pm - 9:30pm


Brief Encounters of the Comedic Kind

Saturday 12 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

The short, sharp and funny shock has been Brian Limond aka Limmy’s forte ever since breaking through with his World of Glasgow web series in 2006. After a Scottish BAFTA-winning TV show, Limmy has turned his attention to books of tiny tales (some...

Luka Lesson, Jenny Lindsay, Omar Musa & Michael Pedersen

The Poetry of Performance

Saturday 12 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Hear the fruits of a very special residency bringing together some of Scotland and Australia’s finest spoken word. Book Festival regulars Jenny Lindsay and Michael Pedersen have joined forces with Omar Musa, a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper and...

Angus Peter Campbell & Iain F Macleod

Of Masks and Murders

Saturday 12 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

An award-winning poet and novelist in both Gaelic and English, Angus Peter Campbell’s Memory and Straw is a novel about artificial intelligence and a quest for authenticity that ranges from New York to Rome via the Highlands. In Gaelic novelist Iain F...