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.

Christopher de Bellaigue

The Islamic Enlightenment

Thursday 24 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Islam has failed to reform, many say, or even to modernise. Yet, from the beginning of the 19th century the heartlands of the Middle East began a wholesale process of adaptation that led to the adoption of modern medicine, the release of women from...

Edmund Gordon & Daniel Swift

On the Wings of Madness

Thursday 24 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

After the Second World War Ezra Pound was held for a decade at St Elizabeth's Federal Hospital for the Insane. Among those who came to see him were T S Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. As Daniel Swift remarks in The Bughouse, their writings...

Kathleen Doyle & Scot McKendrick

A Divine Art Collection

Thursday 24 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

There are some rarely seen medieval images so beautiful that galleries would fall over themselves to exhibit them. However none can, because many of these images are inside illuminated Bibles. In The Art of the Bible, Scot McKendrick and Kathleen Doyle...

Caroline Brothers & Oliver Emanuel

From Page to Performance

Thursday 24 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Hinterland by Caroline Brothers is a story about two displaced children, homeless and invisible in a foreign land. Playwright Oliver Emanuel has taken this book and, mixing graphic novel with diorama, adapted it for the stage, drawing the audience into...

Foraging Fun with Fiona Bird

All Ages

Thursday 24 August 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Get crafty and creative with foraging expert Fiona Bird, author of Let Your Kids Go Wild Outside. Make beautiful wild nettle bunting or some smelly seaweed bath bags.

Story Shop

Thursday 24 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.

Emma Yarlett: Book Monster

Age 3-6

Thursday 24 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Nibbles the Book Monster has nibbled his way into other people’s stories. How rude. We’d better catch him! Emma Yarlett shows you how to draw your own naughty book monster and create a crafty nibbling Nibbles hat, before introducing Nibbles's new...