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.

Haylen Beck & Emma Flint

When Unstable Family Life Turns to Murder

Thursday 24 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

The chance to start a life away from an abusive husband forces Audra to flee with her young children. But when police stop her near the Arizona desert, all hell looks set to break loose. So begins page-turning thriller Here and Gone by Haylen Beck (pen...

Elly Blue

Getting to the Hub of Cycling and Society

Thursday 24 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

The social bicycle revolution keeps on spinning with Oregon’s Elly Blue leading the field. Offering a new perspective on how we get around, her Bikenomics includes a shocking comparison between cities which invest in a two-wheeled future and others...


Muldoon's Picnic

Thursday 24 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, this show is described by Muldoon himself as ‘an omnium-gatherum’, by Time Out as a ‘music-and-literature extravaganza’ and by us as a stonkingly good night out! Rarely staged outside New...

Ten at Ten

Friday 25 August 10:00am - 10:10am

A small yet perfectly formed reading from one of our Festival authors to start your day. Check the screen in the Entrance Tent to see who's reading today.

Edward Docx & Rick Gekoski

Happy Families

Friday 25 August 10:15am - 11:15am

In British novelist Edward Docx's Let Go My Hand, the Lasker family is in crisis, with one last chance to put things right. Rick Gekoski's Darke centres on a doctor who eats little but drinks and smokes a lot. He is writing a 'coming of old age' journal...

Row Your Boat

Age 4-7

Friday 25 August 10:30am - 11:15am

Daphne the duck is getting ready for her bath when she discovers she has run out of bubble bath - what a disaster! Join Grinagog Theatre and help Daphne row her boat in this bubble-making, rollicking adventure full of live music and interaction.

Build a PoeTree

All Ages

Friday 25 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

Help willow artist David Powell to create a giant PoeTree sculpture, then write your own poem to adorn the branches.