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.

Jennie Poh: Great Adventures

Age 3-6

Saturday 26 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Go on a beautiful exploration of independence and bravery with Jennie Poh as she presents Herbie's Big Adventure, the story of a hedgehog on his first big trip. Get drawing tips, see how Jennie creates quirky illustrations and have a go at creating your...

Ten at Ten

Saturday 26 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.

Deborah Levy & Shanthi Sekaran

Mother's Milk

Saturday 26 August 10:15am - 11:15am

In Deborah Levy's Hot Milk, shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, a mother and daughter arrive in a Spanish village. In the searing summer heat they begin to see each other more clearly than ever before. Two women also inhabit Shanthi Sekaran's...

Daniel Gray

Reasons to Love Reading

Saturday 26 August 10:30am - 11:30am

Inspired by J B Priestley’s 1949 book Delight, Daniel Gray celebrates 50 reasons to love books in Scribbles in the Margins. His previous book, Saturday, 3pm, did something similar for football. Join the Edinburgh-based author and STV's People's...

Nothing But the Poem on John Milton & Michael Longley

Reading Workshop

Saturday 26 August 11:00am - 12:30pm

Join poet, teacher and editor Kate Hendry, from the Scottish Poetry Library, for an in-depth discussion of the lucid, far-sighted poems of Michael Longley, illuminated by a selection of poems by John Milton. Explore how each poet's work reflects the age...

Build a PoeTree

All Ages

Saturday 26 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.