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.

Stuart McHardy

Looking Past the Future

Sunday 27 August 10:30am - 11:30am

In Scotland’s Future History, Edinburgh University lecturer Stuart McHardy sought to refocus how we interpret the country's past. In doing so, he challenged us to redefine how we see Scotland’s future. In his follow-up volume, McHardy further...

Madeleine Bunting

North by North West

Sunday 27 August 10:30am - 11:30am

In Love of Country, former Guardian journalist Madeleine Bunting travels deep into the history and landscape of the Hebrides to find out how the islands have shaped the imagination of both Scotland and Britain. Take an armchair journey with a lucidly...

Richard Beard on W, Or the Memory of Childhood

Reading Workshop

Sunday 27 August 11:00am - 12:30pm

Novelist and non-fiction writer Richard Beard discusses W, Or the Memory of Childhood by Georges Perec. This semi-autobiographical work alternates between memoir and fiction, illustrated with photographs from Perec's childhood. It is a commentary on...

Cool Creatures

All Ages

Sunday 27 August 11:00am - 2:00pm

There are so many amazing animal characters in the Festival this year, from Harvey the crocodile hero to Grumpy Frog. Drop into Story Box and meet some real life Cool Creatures including meerkats, an armadillo and a giant pouched rat.

Steve Smith

European Revolution

Sunday 27 August 11:00am - 12:00pm

Author of many works on the Russian and Chinese Revolutions, Steve Smith focuses today on the game-changing events triggered on the edge of Europe in 1917. Drawing upon newly opened archives and research from Russian historians into the long-term...

Philip Ardagh & Elissa Elwick: Little Adventurers

Age 6-9

Sunday 27 August 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Are you brave enough to become part of the curious Little Adventurers' team? Join the author and illustrator of this wonderful picture book series, Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick, for an hour of nature and drawing fun. Help them to spot animals in What...

Adrian Levy & Cathy Scott-Clark

The Road to Abbottabad

Sunday 27 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

How was Osama Bin Laden able to evade the massive manhunt for him for so long? In The Exile, award-winning investigative journalists Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark talk to his family members and aides to find out. Secret family shelters in Iran,...