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.

Tom McCarthy

His Finest Essays

Saturday 26 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish is novelist and commentator Tom McCarthy's own selection of the essays he is most proud of publishing. They include pieces on writers - Laurence Sterne, Franz Kafka and James Joyce - but also on Gerhard Richter, David Lynch...

Philippe Sands

Losing our Grip on Justice

Saturday 26 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

When Philippe Sands QC completed the Baillie Gifford Prize-winning East West Street last year, he didn’t anticipate the subsequent international events that would unfold. In this special event, Sands draws on the themes from his perfectly-formed...


Dive: Homage

Saturday 26 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Promising to blow fresh glitter up the arse of any festival in their wake, Dive Queer Party bring back their sell out 2016 hit Homage with a special literary plot twist. Travel to the ends of the rainbow with chief weirdo Miss Annabel Sings, a...

Ten at Ten

Sunday 27 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.

Laughing Out Loud with Michael Rosen

Families & 7+

Sunday 27 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Play with language to create side-splitting tales and share your love for chocolate cake with beloved author Michael Rosen as he presents his latest books, Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads and Chocolate Cake. Be bamboozled by bonkers stories and laugh out...

Claire Fuller & Katie Kitamura

Degrees of Separation

Sunday 27 August 10:15am - 11:15am

In award-winning author Claire Fuller's pitch perfect Swimming Lessons, the hero looks down from a bookshop window and sees his dead wife standing on the pavement. She'd been missing, presumed drowned, for 12 years. Admired New York writer Katie...