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.

Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson: Into the Night Forest

Age 5-8

Saturday 26 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell and acclaimed illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson introduce the third title in their much-loved series, Harper and the Night Forest. Explore magical creatures, stunning illustrations and learn the Ice Raven’s song in...

Afternoon Tea with Elena Lappin

Discovering life through language

Saturday 26 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Born in Moscow, Elena Lappin's family moved to Germany and then Israel, before she went on to live in Canada, the US and now, for longer than anywhere else, in London, where she is a writer and editor. She describes her life as 'five languages in search...

Elizabeth Laird & Gill Lewis: Migration Stories

Age 10-14

Saturday 26 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

In Elizabeth Laird’s Welcome to Nowhere, Omar is forced to flee his home in Syria because of the devastating civil war; while in A Story Like the Wind, from Gill Lewis, refugees share their stories from a spinning boat in the middle of the sea. Join...

Debi Gliori & Pam Smy: Grey Area

Age 12+

Saturday 26 August 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Debi Gliori shares her experience of depression in the beautiful Night Shift, while in Thornhill Pam Smy builds an emotional connection between two people separated by time but drawn together by place. Meet these two exceptional illustrators and learn...

Simon Garfield

Stop All the Clocks

Saturday 26 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Are we obsessed by time? Yes, says Simon Garfield, author of the acclaimed Just My Type and many other books of non-fiction, and we have been since 1830 when the first railway timetables were drawn up. How much better it would be, he says in...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Imprisoned for Expression

Saturday 26 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes for blogging; Bangladeshi bloggers have been beheaded for their words; and Jordanian poet Tayseer Salman al-Najjar was jailed for a Facebook post. These are just some of the writers who have...

David Bellos

The Novel of the Century

Saturday 26 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

The writing of Les Misérables was interrupted by a revolution and then by a coup d'etat. Exiled from France, Victor Hugo finished it in the unlikely setting of Guernsey. It was the first novel to have translation rights and the advance offered was...

Claire McFall & Martin Stewart: Take Me to the River

Age 12+

Saturday 26 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Join two writers exploring myth and folklore around death and loss. Claire McFall's Trespassers continues the story of Tristan and Dylan; one is meant to be dead and the other is meant to ferry those journeying to the afterlife. In Riverkeep by Martin...