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.

Pip Jones & Sara Ogilvie: Imperfect Inventions

Age 4-7

Wednesday 23 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Izzy loves creating new things but her inventions don’t always go according to plan! Get inventive with author Pip Jones and illustrator Sara Ogilvie as they explain how they came up with all the crazy inventions in Izzy Gizmo and show you how to...

Karl Ove Knausgaard

Lexicon of Life’s Loveliness

Wednesday 23 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Following the worldwide success of his My Struggle series of novels, the much lauded Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard returns to Edinburgh to launch his next major project. Autumn is the first of his seasons quartet, a personal encyclopedia about...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Syria: Constant Conflict

Wednesday 23 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

The bloody conflict in Syria has raged on for six years, causing the deaths of more than 300,000 people and displacing millions of others. Syrians have suffered many human rights abuses including direct military attacks on civilians. Today, writing by...

Lissa Evans & A L Kennedy: Absurd Adventures

Families & 8+

Wednesday 23 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Two fantastically funny authors come together for an hour of silliness. Lissa Evans presents a crazy adventure story in Wed Wabbit and A L Kennedy introduces you to the most depressed llamas in the world in Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely...
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Christine Otten & The Last Poets

Meet the Poets who Changed America

Wednesday 23 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Richard Dannatt

Leading from the Front

Wednesday 23 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

A much-decorated soldier, General Sir Richard Dannatt is a leading authority on military and defence issues. His distinguished service in Northern Ireland and Kosovo, and his role at the head of the British Army, make him uniquely qualified to tell the...

Gonzalo C Garcia & Dorthe Nors

Single and Lonely

Wednesday 23 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Chile-born debut novelist Gonzalo C Garcia's We Are The End is about a games designer whose life falls apart when his girlfriend goes off to Antarctica. Dorthe Nors's 2017 Man Booker International-shortlisted Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, centres around an...

Inspiring and Supporting Young Writers

Practical Tips for Educators

Wednesday 23 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

There are lots of interesting initiatives to get young people excited about writing, including opportunities like the Young Walter Scott Prize and the Pushkin Prizes. But what’s the best way for teachers to support young writers in the classroom? In a...