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.

Chris Higgins: Here Comes Trouble

Age 7-10

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

When Bella moves house, she makes friends with Magda. But friendships can be tricky and Bella soon wonders whether she has a friend or a frenemy. Find out what being a good friend means with Chris Higgins, author of Trouble Next Door, as she shares her...

Michael Johnson

Building the Perfect Brand

Sunday 27 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Everything seems to be a brand these days. If you wish you had a definitive strategy for creating the ideal brand identity, Michael Johnson is your man. Virgin Atlantic, the British Film Institute and Christian Aid have all been reinvigorated by the...

Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series

Women’s Rights

Sunday 27 August 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Recent developments have inspired Women’s Marches to take place across the world, sending a strong message that rolling back human rights won't be tolerated, but that the fight for equality still has a long way to go. Today, we hear the writing of...

Sheila Rowbotham

Transatlantic Radicals

Sunday 27 August 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Social historian Sheila Rowbotham is, says the Guardian, 'One of Britain’s most important, if unshowy, feminist thinkers'. In Rebel Crossings she charts the lives of six little-known Brits who carried the torch of emancipation and utopianism to the US...

Richard Beard & Graham Caveney

Lest We Forget

Sunday 27 August 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Graham Caveney was born in Accrington to parents who believed education was his ticket to a different life. His headteacher was his mentor, but also his greatest abuser. In Cornwall, Richard Beard and his brother Nick were playing in the waves. Nick...

Robert Webb

Understanding the Male of the Species

Sunday 27 August 6:45pm - 7:45pm

What is it to be male? Peep Show actor Robert Webb reckons it involves a heap of unnecessary pressure applied from a very early age. With his call-to-arms memoir How Not To Be A Boy, Webb considers his own inculcation into the cult of man and how...

Steven Amsterdam & Daša Drndić

No Easy Way Out

Sunday 27 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The hero of writer and palliative care nurse Steven Amsterdam's The Easy Way Out is a suicide assistant. His job is legal. A sharply funny book that asks the hardest question: would you help someone die? Belladonna, by the Croatian author of the...

Kei Miller & Neel Mukherjee

Fiction with Clout

Sunday 27 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Two new novels from celebrated writers explore the post-colonial city, the past’s lingering legacies and the underclass. Kei Miller’s Augustown is his first release since winning the Forward Prize for poetry collection The Cartographer Tries to Map...

Simon Armitage

Poetry from the Pennines

Sunday 27 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Poetry is never going to be mainstream, says Simon Armitage; it should be what it already is, an unbiddable, highly personal artform of dissent. This may be true, but there’s no denying the Yorkshire poet’s own popularity – which the wit and...
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Visions of the Future: Libraries

How Can We Build Resilience?

Sunday 27 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

With local authority cuts impacting on public and school library services, it's time to rethink libraries for their future resilience. In this debate, David Chipakupaku from the Voice of My Own youth project talks to bestselling children's author Julia...

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