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.

The Demon Headmaster Returns with Gillian Cross

Age 8-12

Friday 25 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

The series which has captivated fans for over 30 years is back with a hypnotic new story, The Demon Headmaster: Total Control. Go behind the scenes at Hazelbrook Academy, where a mysterious new headmaster gets his students succeeding, but at what price?...

David Owen

Jaw-jaw Before War-war

Friday 25 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Many believe that the pivotal decision to fight on in May 1940 was entirely down to Winston Churchill. Not so, says David Owen in Cabinet’s Finest Hour - it was arrived at collectively and not because of a domineering Prime Minister. Failure to...

Cressida Cowell

Friday 25 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Award-winning author Siobhan Dowd died in 2007, bequeathing her royalties to a trust which aims to bring the joy of reading to those who need it most. This year, the Siobhan Dowd Trust Memorial Lecture is delivered by How To Train Your Dragon creator...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

In Search of Sanctuary

Friday 25 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

More than 21 million people worldwide have been forced to seek sanctuary abroad to escape war, persecution, torture or possible death, but most wealthy countries continue to treat refugees as somebody else’s problem. Today we hear writing by refugees,...

Greg Garrett & Carla Valentine

Death Becomes Them

Friday 25 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Discover the modern attitudes towards death which drive two narratives. Greg Garrett considers the significance of western culture’s fascination with a zombie apocalypse, suggesting representations of it thrive in times of perceived global peril....
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Rory Stewart

Voyages Around My Father

Friday 25 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

Sinéad Morrissey & Michael Symmons Roberts

Perfect Worlds

Friday 25 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

In her new collection, Belfast's inaugural Poet Laureate, Sinéad Morrissey considers great feats of human engineering - ships, planes, robots - as the world struggles for balance and equanimity. Forward Prize winner Michael Symmons Roberts presents...