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...

Omar Saif Ghobash

Faith Without Fanaticism

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

Visions of the Future: The Post-Truth Age

Who Can Rebuild Our Faith in the Truth?

Wednesday 23 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Former editor of the Spectator Matthew d’Ancona has become one of Britain’s most influential columnists and his new book, Post-Truth, comes from an insider’s understanding of the art of political spin. Here he tests his ideas about how we can...

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...

John Glenday & Jackie Kay with Don Paterson

20 years of Perfect Poetry

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

Since Robin Robertson's A Painted Field in 1997, Picador has been publishing groundbreaking, award-winning and breathtaking poetry. Amongst the roll call of fine poets are some of Scotland's greatest literary voices. Join current editor, the...

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', and 'a loudmouthed lesbian' in her own. She makes her...


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 International 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 most...

Bettany Hughes

Tales of Byzantium

Thursday 24 August 10:00am - 11:00am

At the last count, archaeologists have measured 42 layers of human habitation in the city we call Istanbul, but which historians also know as Constantinople and Byzantium. In Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities, award-winning historian and broadcaster...