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.

Stephen McGann

An Acting Family Tree Rose Up

Monday 21 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Stephen McGann comes from a renowned British acting clan (Joe, Paul and Mark complete this quartet) but don’t expect his study of the McGann family to be a run-of-the-mill memoir. Instead, he’s told the history of the McGanns through seven maladies...

Joanna Cannon & Katy Mahood

Read Next Year’s Bestsellers Now

Monday 21 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Joanna Cannon’s The Trouble with Goats and Sheep became one of the most talked about debut novels of 2016. Her second, Three Things About Elsie publishes in early 2018 as does Katy Mahood’s debut, Entanglement. The two novelists exclusively preview...

Cynan Jones & Henrietta Rose-Innes

Near and Far

Monday 21 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

The hero of Cove by Cynan Jones (described by the Independent on Sunday as 'one of the most talented writers in Britain') has only his instincts and the memory of the woman who waits for him to help when he is struck by lightning while out at sea....


Beating New Passages

Monday 21 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

A soulful night of music exploring Scotland’s relationship with India. Yorkston/Thorne/Khan perform hits from their critically acclaimed debut album Everything Sacred and follow-up Neuk Wight Delhi All Stars – a mingling of traditions from Britain...

Taking the Air

Get it off your Chest

Tuesday 22 August 10:00am - 5:30pm

The EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Proteus is designing and building a new bedside system for Intensive Care Units for rapid and accurate diagnosis of bacterial lung infections. Come along to their pop-up gallery showcasing some of the...