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.

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Harriet Walter

Shakespeare’s Gender Politics

Sunday 27 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Welcome to Barroux

Age 4-7

Sunday 27 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

We welcome you to join author-illustrator Barroux with his beautiful story of a polar bear and friends who are forced to search for a new home after their icy habitat disappears. In this delightfully charming event, discover where Barroux gets the...

Rosie Garland & Jess Richards

Fluid Love

Sunday 27 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Set in 19th-century Manchester, writer and performance poet Rosie Garland's The Night Brother takes the reader to the outer limits of gender fluidity as it explores the complex nature of identity through siblings Edie and Gnome. Acclaimed author Jess...

M G Leonard: Beetle Queen

Age 10-14

Sunday 27 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Author and beetle lover M G Leonard shares her passion for creepie crawlies, reveals fascinating facts about insect lifecycles and explains why beetles are important to the environment, before giving you the chance to meet some real life insects with...

Solving Mysteries with Lauren St John

Age 10-14

Sunday 27 August 3:45pm - 4:45pm

Help Lauren St John crack the case in the latest book of her Laura Marlin Mysteries series, The Secret of Supernatural Creek. Mr A has escaped from prison and is looking for revenge - will Laura be able to stay out of danger? Hear how Lauren creates her...

Claire Fuller & Lisa McInerney

10 years of Dazzling Debuts

Sunday 27 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Described as ‘the most prestigious award for first-time novelists’, the Desmond Elliott Prize is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In this special event, novelist and chair of the 2014 Prize, Chris Cleave talks to the winners from the past two...

Afternoon Tea with Andrew Wilson

Death and Delicious Delights

Sunday 27 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm

In 1926, Agatha Christie discovered her husband had been unfaithful and, after a row, disappeared for 10 days before turning up in a Harrogate hotel. What, asks highly acclaimed author and journalist Andrew Wilson in his novel A Talent for Murder, if...

Richard Ford

Filial Bond

Sunday 27 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Richard Ford is one of America’s greatest living writers, capturing the changing face of the USA since the late 70s. Today, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sportswriter talks about his most personal book yet. Between Them is a clear-eyed yet...

Michael J Malone & Agnes Ravatn

Mysterious Strangers

Sunday 27 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Dark secrets and past sins link the latest novels by Scotland’s Michael J Malone and Norway’s Agnes Ravatn. In Malone’s A Suitable Lie, a widowed father finds love again, but his new bride may not be all she seems. Ravatn’s The Bird Tribunal...