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.

Anna McQuinn: Learn with Lulu

Age 3-6

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

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.

That's Not My… Story Box

All Ages

Monday 21 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

Celebrate the 50 fantastic titles in the That's Not My… series including the brand new That's Not My Unicorn. Lots of touchy-feely, fluffy and sparkly crafts to keep you entertained.

Live Poetry Lab

70 Years of Festival Memories

Monday 21 August 11:00am - 2:00pm

Drop in to see live writing from Colin Herd, our resident poet, or watch it unfold online as he weaves in your contributions. His task is to create responses to people’s memories of the festivals in Edinburgh since they began 70 years ago. Contribute...

Open Book on Days Without End

Reading Workshop

Monday 21 August 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Marjorie Lotfi Gill and Claire Urquhart from Open Book, a charity that organises shared reading groups, look at Days Without End by Sebastian Barry. Set during the Great Famine it follows the fortunes of Thomas McNulty, an Irish immigrant to North...

Yuval Zommer: Valuable Friendships

Age 3-6

Monday 21 August 1:45pm - 2:45pm

Author-illustrator Yuval Zommer’s Big Brown Bear’s Cave is the charming tale of a bear who has gathered so many things in his cave, he doesn't have any space for his friends. Help Yuval decide what things Bear can throw away to make room for his...

Tom Feiling & Robert Twigger

Hidden Past, Familiar Places

Monday 21 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Opening up a fresh understanding of places we think we know is the motivation behind these authors’ new books. In The Island That Disappeared, Tom Feiling explores Providence, just off the coast of Nicaragua, which is now home to a mix of devout...

Abir Mukherjee & Kaite Welsh

Partners in Crime

Monday 21 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Kaite Welsh, journalist and critic, presents a brilliant new historical crime series set in the underworld of Victorian Edinburgh and featuring the medic-detective, Sarah Gilchrist. Abir Mukherjee offers a second turn for Captain Sam Wyndham and...