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.

Story Shop

Friday 25 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.

Horatio Clare & Chloe Daykin: Talk to the Animals

Age 9-12

Friday 25 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Talking animals feature in two beautiful tales of friendship and struggles. In Chloe Daykin's Fish Boy, Billy escapes bullies and his mum's illness with the help of David Attenborough films and a talking mackerel. Horatio Clare's Aubrey and the Terrible...

John Killick & Kathleen Taylor

Understanding Dementia

Friday 25 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

There are currently over 800,000 Britons living with dementia, with 1 million predicted by 2025. How did we get to this position and what are the most promising fields of research? Renowned writer John Killick in The Story of Dementia and neuroscientist...

Chloë Inkpen & Mick Inkpen: Animal Mayhem

Age 4-7

Friday 25 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

There's a Hole in the Zoo and the animals are escaping! Flap, waddle and hop along with Chloë Inkpen in this animal-packed storytelling event with live drawing and drama activities. Then meet Chloë's dad, creator of the much-loved Kipper books, Mick...

Daniel Tammet

Pondering the Future of Speech

Friday 25 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Novelist and translator Daniel Tammet is fascinated by language - its origins, how it progresses and how it adapts in its environment. Join an intriguing writer, who along his journey has met the world's best lip-readers and communicated with Esperanto...

Afternoon Tea with Beatrice Colin & Suzanne Joinson

Delectable Romance

Friday 25 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Hear from two gifted writers tales of love and longing as you tuck into a tasty afternoon tea - all included in the ticket price. To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Glasgow-based Beatrice Colin sees Caitriona and Emile meet in a hot air balloon high...

Alexander Moffat & Alan Riach

Framing the Arts Debate

Friday 25 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Influential artist and teacher Alexander Moffat's paintings of poets and writers are an important part of modern Scottish culture; Saltire Society convener and poet Alan Riach is a similarly respected cultural commentator. Ideal collaborators therefore...