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.

Julie Buntin & Sally Rooney

Mean Girls

Tuesday 22 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

When do mean girls start being mean? Two sharply intelligent young novelists give us some clues. In Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends, Frances works by day and does spoken word with her bestie, Bobbi, by night. When Frances is led astray her...

Heinz Helle & Louise Welsh

Post-Apocalyptic Visions

Tuesday 22 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

Isolated individuals trying to survive are at the core of these two authors' new books. Glasgow’s Louise Welsh concludes her Plague Times trilogy with No Dominion as the new community on the Orkney Islands fights fear, anger and suspicion in order to...


Meet The Last Poets

Tuesday 22 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Formed in the crucible of 1960s black rights activism, with the Black Panthers at the peak of their powers and an irresistible mood of revolutionary hope in the air, The Last Poets have come to be known as ‘the godfathers of hip-hop’, such has been...

Taking the Air

Get it off your Chest

Wednesday 23 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...

Leon Morrocco with Liz Lochhead

Travels with My Easel

Wednesday 23 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Leon Morrocco is one of Scotland’s most popular painters, famous for his striking landscapes and still lifes. Filled with vibrant colour, they are inspired by his travels to Europe, South America and Australia. As a lecturer at Edinburgh College of...

Ten at Ten

Wednesday 23 August 10:00am - 10:10am

A small yet perfectly formed reading from one of our Festival authors to start your day. Check the screen in the Entrance Tent to see who's reading today.

Amanda Craig & Gwendoline Riley

When Love is a Battlefield

Wednesday 23 August 10:15am - 11:15am

Warring couples populate new fictions from these authors. In Amanda Craig’s The Lie of the Land, a metropolitan marriage breaks down with the pair reluctantly moving to the countryside for a fresh start. Gwendoline Riley’s First Love, shortlisted...

Row Your Boat

Age 4-7

Wednesday 23 August 10:30am - 11:15am

Daphne the duck is getting ready for her bath when she discovers she has run out of bubble bath - what a disaster! Join Grinagog Theatre and help Daphne row her boat in this bubble-making, rollicking adventure full of live music and interaction.

Five Have a Splendid Time

All Ages

Wednesday 23 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog are 75 this year! Join us to celebrate Enid Blyton’s wonderful The Famous Five stories with lashings and lashings of fun crafts and activities.