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.

Nothing But the Poem on John Burnside & Robert Lowell

Reading Workshop

Sunday 13 August 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Today's workshop explores enlightening ideas across the Atlantic and down the decades, in poems by contemporary giant of Scottish poetry John Burnside, and American Robert Lowell in the year of his centenary. This is a relaxed shared reading discussion...

Get Galloping with Clare Balding

Families & 8+

Sunday 13 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Charlie Bass has bought a racehorse but there's a big problem - he won't leave the stable and he certainly won't gallop. How will Charlie win the Derby and save the farm with a racehorse who won't run? Much-loved broadcaster and horse expert Clare...

Winnie-the-Pooh's Heffalump Hunt

Age 4-7

Sunday 13 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Everyone's favourite bear is back in a new adventure, Winnie-the-Pooh: The Great Heffalump Hunt. When Pooh sets out to find a Heffalump, he ends up in a sticky situation. Will Piglet come to his rescue and will they ever find a Heffalump? Join actor and...

Sarah Gray

A Life Everlasting

Sunday 13 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

‘As long as they’re healthy’ is often the mantra of expectant parents. For Sarah Gray, that went out of the window on discovering that her unborn son Thomas had a terminal condition. In A Life Everlasting she describes how, rather than meekly...

Mario Giordano & Tim Walker

Crime with the Sunny Side Up

Sunday 13 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Not all crime’s streets are dark and mean. Bavaria-born Mario Giordano's eccentric protagonist heads for the Med in Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions, while Brit Tim Walker opts for a Californian coast setting in Smoke Over Malibu, described as...

Story Shop

Sunday 13 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.

Time Travels with Adrian Edmondson

Age 7-10

Sunday 13 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Travel back in time with comedian, writer and TV personality Adrian Edmondson as he presents his first book for kids, Tilly and the Time Machine - a humorous but heart-warming tale exploring death, family and historical figures. Join the ever...