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.

Will Hill & Alex Wheatle: Cults and Gangs

Age 14+

Tuesday 22 August 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The 2016 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize winner Alex Wheatle explores the struggles of pursuing your dreams while living on a council estate in his life-affirming Straight Outta Crongton, while real life events inspired Will Hill to write After the...

Holly Bourne & Lisa Williamson: All About Me

Age 12+

Tuesday 22 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Acclaimed authors of young adult fiction, Holly Bourne and Lisa Williamson uncover the secrets of their brilliant new novels And A Happy New Year? and All About Mia. Hear them discuss what inspires them to write about teenage drama and relationships and...
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Picturing Your Words

Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesday 22 August 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Language of Revolution

Mayakovsky in the Spotlight

Tuesday 22 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Unashamedly passionate, rigorously political and highly experimental, Vladimir Mayakovsky was the most significant poet of the Russian revolution. In this event, an exploration of his explosive work by Mayakovsky scholar Dr Rosy Carrick is followed by...

Jake Arnott & Steven Price

Exploring Ye Olde London Crime

Tuesday 22 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

London’s criminal history is the topic at hand for Jake Arnott and Steven Price in their new novels. In By Gaslight, Price lands us in 1885 with the celebrated detective William Pinkerton descending into the Victorian underworld to track down the...
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Tim Harford

When Being Tidy can be Stifling

Tuesday 22 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Jeremy Paxman

Questions, Questions, Questions

Tuesday 22 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Who hasn’t Jeremy Paxman interviewed? Not Margaret Thatcher, apparently, but nearly everybody else worth interviewing has at some stage sat in front of BBC Newsnight's Great Interrogator in his 25 years at the helm. We’re delighted to have him here...

David Baillie & Rob Davis

Comic Capers of a Deadly Kind

Tuesday 22 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

A must for fans of dark graphic novel fantasies. David Baillie has set his Red Thorn series in a modern-day Glasgow which is fuelled by Scottish mythology and characters who make some bad decisions. Rob Davis follows up award-winning The Motherless Oven...

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