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 www.cityofliterature.com or our website in July for the line-up.

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

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...

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...

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