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.

A Tribute to Stephanie Wolfe Murray

Celebrating the Co-Founder of Canongate

Wednesday 23 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

As the co-founder of Canongate Books, Stephanie Wolfe Murray created one of the most influential and successful Scottish publishing companies of the past century. Among her extraordinary achievements, she published Alasdair Gray’s revolutionary novel...

Chris Brookmyre

Trip into the Dark Web Trip into the Dark Web

Wednesday 23 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

The man behind bestselling books such as Quite Ugly One Morning and Black Widow tackles the sinister side of modern technology with Want You Gone in which a young woman is blackmailed online and drawn into a possibly deadly trap. A veteran at keeping...

Julian Furman & Ciaran McMenamin

Divided Lives

Wednesday 23 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Julian Furman's This is How We Talk has a cast of young Israelis living in a divided country, alienated from their state and conflicted about their role as soldiers and citizens. Ciaran McMenamin's debut Skintown has a riot of characters also living in...

Eileen Myles

Queen of Radical Poetry

Wednesday 23 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

American poet, novelist, performer, arts journalist and inspiration for a character in the Amazon series Transparent, Eileen Myles is, in the New Yorker’s words 'a kickass countercultural icon'. They make their Book Festival debut with I Must Be...


Fun Lovin' Crime Writers

Wednesday 23 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Descending upon Unbound like a group of maverick loner cops brought together to crack one last case, a musical literary incarnation of Avengers Assemble, crime writer supergroup, the Fun Lovin' Crime Writers will storm the stage with a selection of...

Taking the Air

Get it off your Chest

Thursday 24 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...