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.

Reading for Pleasure

The Readers of Tomorrow, Today

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

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Shadowing scheme, mainly led by school librarians, was established to encourage young people to read for pleasure, with a focus on high quality fiction. For this event, Youth Librarian Yvonne Manning, School...

Hari Kunzru & Lisa McInerney

Beyond the Blues

Friday 25 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Hari Kunzru is 'like the young Martin Amis, only nicer' says Carol Ann Duffy - he always writes with a wide streak of originality, and it’s plumb centre in his new book White Tears, a provocative blues satire. The Blood Miracles, Lisa McInerney’s...

Visions of the Future: A Good Death

The Last Breath

Friday 25 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Over 50% of people say they want to die at home, yet most of us will still die in hospital. What is our relationship with death as it becomes increasingly medicalised? Many people will never see a dead body - what does that mean for our own sense of...

Mick Kitson, Alan Parks & Malachy Tallack

Read Next Year’s Bestsellers Now

Friday 25 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Our series previewing 2018’s most exciting new books continues with three Scottish novelists. Alan Parks’s Bloody January is the first in a crime series featuring detective Harry McCoy. Mick Kitson’s debut, Sal, tells of two girls who run away...

Nicola Barker

Because I'm…

Friday 25 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Nicola Barker is one of Britain’s most brilliantly unconventional novelists, revolutionising our literary expectations at every turn. Her new novel H(A)PPY is a post-post-apocalyptic Alice in Wonderland, a story which tells itself and then consumes...

James Rhodes

How to Play the Piano

Friday 25 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

With fans including Derren Brown and Jon Snow, James Rhodes has turned heads with both his virtuoso piano playing and a deeply painful life. Here his assignment is to convince us that even the least musical person could master a seminal Bach piece in...


Neu! Reekie!: Jock Scot Unbound

Friday 25 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

'I woke up in a ditch clutching a pack of Sugar Puffs, it was 1970’. Join Neu! Reekie! hosts Kevin Williamson and Michael Pedersen for a night paying tribute to the legendary Edinburgh poet Jock Scot. A dead-pan performer with an irascible...

The Unthanks

Music in the Imagination: in Praise of Molly Drake

Friday 25 August 9:45pm - 10:45pm

Genre-expanding Northumbrian folk duo Rachel and Becky Unthank, with producer and pianist Adrian McNally, have re-interpreted the little-known music and poems of Molly Drake, mother of posthumously-celebrated singer-songwriter Nick Drake. Today, The...