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.

Alex Renton

Schooled in Hard Knocks

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

Stiff Upper Lip is Alex Renton’s unflinching investigation into the traditions and culture of schooling among Britain's elites. Confronting the horrors and unhappiness of his own boarding school days, he uncovers an uncomfortable story of...

Lindsey Fraser on Flour Babies

Reading Workshop

Sunday 27 August 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Literary critic Lindsey Fraser explores Flour Babies by Anne Fine, which muses on family and responsibility. It tells the story of fatherless Simon Martin who, as part of an experiment at school, has to look after a bag of flour as if it were a real...

Patrick Ness: Release

Age 14+

Sunday 27 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls presents Release, his most personal novel to date. Adam's life is falling apart - fracturing relationships, a horrible boss and clashes with family are just a few of his worries. Meet Patrick...

Sarah McIntyre & Philip Reeve: Funfair Repairs

Families & 7+

Sunday 27 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Dynamic duo Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve return with their highly-anticipated fourth adventure, Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair. Emily loves living on Funfair Moon but when chaos strikes, she must step up to save it from doom. Help Sarah and Philip to...

Robert McCrum

Stalked By Death

Sunday 27 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

The only certainty in life is inevitable death. Some cultures celebrate that fact, while others brush all talk of mortality firmly under the carpet. Heavyweight literary critic Robert McCrum has been concerned with his own death since suffering a...

Darren Shan: Brexit, Trump and… Zombies

Age 12+

Sunday 27 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Expect some grisly, ghoulish and thought-provoking readings as author Darren Shan explains how his bestselling Zom-B books are as much about Brexit and Donald Trump as they are about zombies. Grab your chance to grill Darren about his books and his...

Elissa Elwick's Big Draw

All Ages

Sunday 27 August 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Meet The Little Adventurers and their illustrator Elissa Elwick and help to create a massive frieze of their garden, with everything from creepy crawlies to fantastic flowers - and even a bear or two!

Story Shop

Sunday 27 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Immerse yourself in short stories at Story Shop, hosted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Hear up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today. Check or our website in July for the line-up.