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.

Live Poetry Lab

70 Years of Festival Memories

Friday 25 August 11:00am - 2:00pm

Drop in to see live writing from Ryan Van Winkle, our resident poet, or watch it unfold online as he weaves in your contributions. His task is to create responses to people’s memories of the festivals in Edinburgh since they began 70 years ago....

The History of All We Breathe

Decoding the Secrets of Air

Friday 25 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Science writer Sam Kean traces the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere in Caesar’s Last Breath. This fascinating investigation shows how what we breathe has shaped human progress, been the catalyst for revolutions and influences everything we...

Martin Gayford

Bringing Pictures to Vivid Life

Friday 25 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Art critic Martin Gayford has once again teamed up with long-time collaborator David Hockney on a project to record one thing: a history of pictures.The book's subtitle, From the Cave to the Computer Screen, aptly suggests the expansive remit they gave...

Adam Rutherford

Our Collective DNA

Friday 25 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

While our genes are an individual identification kit, they also help to tell a collective story: that of the 100 billion humans who have so far walked the planet. Science writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford suggests that DNA should be read less as an...

Doug Johnstone & Barney Norris

Harsh Reality Crashes In

Friday 25 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Edinburgh-based crime writer Doug Johnstone and playwright Barney Norris will have your adrenaline pumping with their latest novels. Johnstone’s Crash Land starts in the departure lounge of Kirkwall Airport, where a chance meeting leads two people...

Pyjama Party

Families & 10+

Friday 25 August 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Grab your pyjamas and join Lyra's Artist in Residence Lou Brodie for a celebration of girlhood in 2017. Drop in whenever you like and stay for as long as you want - let loose, be yourself and join in the fun! Then take part in Lyra's sleepover at...

Richard English & Mark Muller Stuart

Does Terrorism Work?

Friday 25 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

In his latest work, leading academic expert Richard English puts forward the often under-scrutinised question Does Terrorism Work? He argues that we must acknowledge that sometimes it does. Today, he's joined by international mediator and human rights...