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.

Edwin Morgan Poetry Award

Portuguese-Scottish Poetry in Translation

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

Translation was fundamental to Edwin Morgan’s work as a poet. Thanks to the Edwin Morgan Trust, that commitment to bringing the voices of foreign cultures into English and Scots remains possible. Here we welcome three acclaimed Portuguese poets -...

John Keay & Craig Murray

Some Talk of Alexanders

Monday 21 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Alexander Burnes and Alexander Gardner both lived lives of improbable adventure and danger on the British Raj’s north-west frontier. In Sikunder Burnes, Craig Murray tells how Burnes was a martyr to early British bungling in Afghanistan, while John...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Dangerous Dispatches

Monday 21 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

More than 1,236 journalists have been killed in the line of duty since 1992 - press freedom is continually under threat and reporting the news is one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. Despite this, reporters and photographers continue to document...

Alexander Betts & Sarah Harper

Crossing Continents

Monday 21 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

The refugee crisis is the defining issue of our times, argues Alexander Betts, and we urgently need new approaches. In Refuge, he suggests a few: matching skills to need and special economic zones among them. Such rethinking, says Sarah Harper in How...

Coming of Age with Christoffer Carlsson & Cat Clarke

Age 14+

Monday 21 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Meet the award-winning authors behind two intriguing novels for young adults. Christoffer Carlsson's October is the Coldest Month is the powerful story of a teenage girl's awakening, while Cat Clarke's Girlhood is a darkly compulsive tale of love, death...

The Word Scientific

Getting Children Interested

Monday 21 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

How can complex ideas about science be made accessible to young readers? And how do young people learn to write about scientific concepts themselves? Using the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize shortlist as an example, science writer Gill...