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.

Tom Kitchin

The Game is On

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

Scotland’s youngest recipient of a Michelin star is also a TV regular, cropping up on Saturday Kitchen and The Great British Menu. For this event, Tom Kitchin turns his full attention towards meat and game, offering advice on how to get the best out...

Alys Conran & Uršuľa Kovalyk

Teen Dreams are Made of This

Thursday 24 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Two European coming of age stories of striking originality. Alys Conran’s critically acclaimed debut Pigeon takes its title from the nickname of its protagonist - a skinny teen truant living in a desperately poor north Wales village. In The...

Paul Muldoon

Poetry for the Head and Heart

Thursday 24 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

The Times Literary Supplement called Paul Muldoon ‘the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War’, while Seamus Heaney believed him to be ‘one of the era's true originals’. The reason behind such praise can be found...

Kate London & Yrsa Sigurdardottir

The Death of Innocence

Thursday 24 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

The vulnerability of young girls is the sad heart that beats through new novels from ex-Met detective turned author Kate London and bestselling Icelandic crime writer Yrsa Sigurdardottir. The former’s Death Message begins in 1987 with a missing 15...

Afternoon Tea with Jenny Colgan

A Slice of Life

Thursday 24 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

The bestselling Scottish author of the Little Beach Street Bakery series is back with more tasty treats. Jenny Colgan serves us Spandex and the City, where romance is complicated when your boyfriend is a superhero. And she welcomes us into The Summer...

Greg Garrett

The Zombies are Coming

Thursday 24 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

What is it about us and zombies, and why do we watch so many films about them? Greg Garrett, author of Living with the Living Dead, says it’s because zombies stand in for a variety of other threats, from Ebola to terrorism. And watching zombie films...

Good vs Evil: The Great Debate

Age 10-14

Thursday 24 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Grapple with the neverending battle between good and evil in this lively debate with authors Dave Rudden, Maz Evans, Shane Hegarty and Rupert Wallis. Having written books featuring fantasy worlds full of supernatural figures, from Olympian gods and...

Patrice Lawrence & Jared Thomas: Belonging

Age 12+

Thursday 24 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Discover two beautiful accounts of a young adult's search for belonging with Patrice Lawrence's Indigo Donut and Jared Thomas's Songs that sound like blood. Find out why both authors chose to use music as the foundation of their stories and how they set...
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Colm Tóibín

A Family at War

Thursday 24 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

The Sound of Breath

The Breath in Song and Poetry

Thursday 24 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

How do poets and composers think about breath? The pause in a line or the length of the note impacts greatly on how an audience hears, connects with and interprets a work. Join novelist, poet and librettist Michael Symmons Roberts and composer Sally...