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.

Ron Butlin & Preti Taneja

Everything to Excess

Monday 21 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Two completely different writers take on different continents and different generations, tackling the corrosive issue of having too much money. In Billionaires' Banquet, Ron Butlin, former Edinburgh Makar, explores the morally bankrupt life of his...

Story Shop

Monday 21 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 or our website in July for the line-up.

In Therapy with Susie Orbach: Laura Albert

The Writer Who Invented J T Leroy

Monday 21 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

In a fascinating exercise in public therapy, US author Laura Albert places herself on the couch to explore the motivations that led her to develop the persona of Jeremiah ‘Terminator’ Leroy (J T Leroy). Leading the session is acclaimed writer and...

Luke Kennard & André Naffis-Sahely

Poetic Engines of Invention

Monday 21 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Poets take us to unexpected, unnerving revelatory places. Luke Kennard’s stylistically inventive sixth collection is a poetic conversation with Cain, the first murderer, as he seeks meaning and faith in modern life. André Naffis-Sahely’s debut...

Bushy Beards with Duncan Beedie

Age 3-6

Monday 21 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

When Jim the lumberjack realises that he is chopping down the homes of lots of woodland creatures, he has an ingenious idea - to rehouse them in his beard! Duncan Beedie brings you his heartwarming book The Lumberjack's Beard and teaches you the...

John Lister-Kaye

A Very Natural Childhood

Monday 21 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Sir John Lister-Kaye is one of Scotland’s best-known naturalists and conservationists, famed for his work with Gavin Maxwell and for setting up the Aigas Field Centre. In The Dun Cow Rib, launched at the Book Festival today, he reveals how, as a boy,...

Christopher Beanland & Tom Dyckhoff

Pros and Cons of a Concrete World

Monday 21 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Depending on your view, our modern cities are either a triumph of design or the result of architectural tyranny. Critic Tom Dyckhoff examines the radical facelifts our urban spaces have been given over the last half century and concludes that certain...

Afternoon Tea with Vivek Singh

A Merging of Flavours

Monday 21 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

TV foodie and executive chef of The Cinnamon Club, Vivek Singh has been deliciously merging authentic Indian cuisine with western styles for many years. Today, he shares his insights into the significance of food in India, where diversity of religion...

Adam Roberts

India à la Modi

Monday 21 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Will India ever live up to its potential? So much depends, says the Economist‘s Adam Roberts in Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation, on just one man. Narendra Modi, India's current Prime Minister, is driven, full of self-belief, insistent that good...