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.

Story Shop

Wednesday 23 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.

An Introduction to Palaeography

Games of Horrible Handwriting

Wednesday 23 August 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Get tips from Rachel Hosker, an archivist from the University of Edinburgh, on the study of ancient handwriting. Practice reading spidery old text from some of the UK's most intriguing documents in the University's collection of treasures. Fun teasers...

Colourful Collage with Bronwyn Houston

Age 3-6

Wednesday 23 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Australian author and illustrator Bronwyn Houston uses texture, patterns and collage to bring to life animals, stories and the prehistoric past of Australia in her books. Get the chance to experiment with a range of materials to make your own collage as...

John Banville

Rare Old Times

Wednesday 23 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

John Banville is, wrote Fintan O’Toole reviewing Time Pieces, 'the least likely memoirist': not remotely self-regarding or self-serving. But then the acclaimed Irish novelist's memoir is as much about Dublin as it is about Banville, a city drenched...

Carlos Fonseca & Paul Stanbridge

Fiction on the Frontiers of Science

Wednesday 23 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

An event for anyone who likes writers who push the boundaries of contemporary realist fiction. Paul Stanbridge's Forbidden Line is 'Don Quixote on speed', a gleeful hybrid of science, pseudo-science and ingenious philosophy. He's met his match, though,...
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Gary Younge

America's Domestic Arms Race

Wednesday 23 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

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Sara Pascoe

Anatomy of a Female Body

Wednesday 23 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Paul Farley & Michael Symmons Roberts

Dead Poets’ Society

Wednesday 23 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Whitbread Poetry Award-winners Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts first combined forces on their acclaimed 2011 book Edgelands, which was serialised on Radio 4 as was their new work, Deaths of the Poets, a series of meditative journeys to the death...

Afternoon Tea with Sara Sheridan

Criminally Good Cake

Wednesday 23 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Be plunged headlong into a case of gambling, call girls and poisoned gin as bestselling Edinburgh-based novelist Sara Sheridan brings you a delicious hour of cake, crime, tea, terror and savoury treats - all included in the ticket price. In her latest...

The Smell of Utopia

70 Years of Scotland's New Towns

Wednesday 23 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Seventy years ago the New Towns Act was established, aiming to build new urban spaces with emerging industry, sanitary housing and plenty of green space. Cumbernauld is one such New Town, and for this event author and STV's People’s Historian Daniel...