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.

Laura Hughes & Pip Jones: Chocolate Monsters

Age 3-6

Tuesday 22 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Pip Jones and Laura Hughes love chocolate. They love sharing their chocolatey facts, chocolatey quizzes and chocolatey live drawing. When their chocolates mysteriously go missing, you must use your detective skills to help them find the culprit. Perhaps...

Hanif Kureishi

Best Served Cold

Tuesday 22 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Whitbread First Novel Award winner Hanif Kureishi has since written many acclaimed novels and award-winning screenplays. He's also included in the Times newspaper's '50 greatest British writers since 1945'. Often controversial, always original, Kureishi...

Petina Gappah & Akhil Sharma

Superstars of International Fiction

Tuesday 22 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Petina Gappah, winner of the Guardian First Book Award, shares her collection of short stories, Rotten Row, on the causes and effects of crime and justice in Zimbabwe, where ordinary life goes on against all odds. Meanwhile, we are thrilled to launch...

Leonie Orton with Jake Arnott

Keeping an Artistic Legacy Alive

Tuesday 22 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Leonie Orton, the sister of playwright Joe Orton shares her memoir, discussing the impact and legacy of her brother’s work with novelist Jake Arnott, recalling her own experiences of growing up on a Leicester council estate in the 1940s and 50s....

Story Shop

Tuesday 22 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.

Liz Lochhead

A Poet in Full Flight

Tuesday 22 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

'Funny, feisty, female and full of feeling'. That was Carol Ann Duffy’s verdict on Liz Lochhead’s latest collection, Fugitive Colours. And when last year the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh ended its 50th anniversary season with her play Thon Man...