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.

Chris Renwick

The State of Welfare

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

As has been the way for decades, the welfare state is under attack as people continue to question exactly who and what it's built for. Senior Lecturer in Modern History at York University, Chris Renwick, takes us from the British system's beginnings as...

Michael Rosen

Zola in Norwood

Saturday 26 August 11:45am - 12:45pm

Found guilty of libel after his famous 'J’accuse' denunciation of France’s leaders over the Dreyfus Affair, Émile Zola fled to London and temporary obscurity. In The Disappearance of Émile Zola, poet, broadcaster and former Children’s Laureate...

Strange Tales with Kirkland Ciccone & Sharon Gosling

Age 12+

Saturday 26 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Two talented authors share their unusual and unsettling stories. In Sharon Gosling's Fir, a family is cut off from the world in an old house and soon discovers danger lurking within its walls. In Kirkland Ciccone's North of Porter, crop circles are...

Robert Muchamore: Gone Wild

Age 12+

Saturday 26 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Go wild and dream of musical stardom as the massively popular Robert Muchamore introduces the latest book in his action-packed Rock War series. The acclaimed author of CHERUB talks about writing dramas featuring corruption, accidents and arrests and...

Knightly Tales with Vivian French & David Melling

Age 6-9

Saturday 26 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Get storytelling and illustration tips from bestselling duo Vivian French and David Melling as they introduce their latest knightly tale Knight in Training: To the Rescue! Vivian reads exciting extracts while David brings the characters to life through...
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Nicholas Crane

Building the British Landscape

Saturday 26 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Joy Court on Skellig

Reading Workshop

Saturday 26 August 1:00pm - 2:30pm

To mark the 80th anniversary of the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the UK's most prestigious children's book award, Chair of the Carnegie/Greenaway Working Party Joy Court explores 1998 winner Skellig by David Almond. A strange being appears to be living in...

Welcome to Barroux

Age 4-7

Saturday 26 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

We welcome you to join author-illustrator Barroux with his beautiful story of a polar bear and friends who are forced to search for a new home after their icy habitat disappears. In this delightfully charming event, discover where Barroux gets the...