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.

Nicole Krauss

Transformative Fiction

Sunday 27 August 8:15pm - 9:15pm

We’re doubly delighted to welcome Nicole Krauss for her Book Festival debut and the launch of her new novel, Forest Dark. Krauss is one of America’s most important novelists and her last two, The History of Love and Great House, were both...

Jon McGregor

Missing Persons

Sunday 27 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Jon McGregor, author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, brings us his first novel in 7 years: the story of lives haunted by a family's loss, unfolding over the course of 13 years in a small village. Join McGregor on a journey through the...

Cosey Fanni Tutti with Ian Rankin

Ruffling Feathers

Sunday 27 August 8:45pm - 9:45pm

Punk pioneer and provocative performer Cosey Fanni Tutti was a thorn in an anxious establishment’s side during the 70s and 80s. Her 1976 performance art exhibition, 'Prostitution', hit the tabloids and caused an almighty stir, with one Tory MP...


The Flint & Pitch Revue

Sunday 27 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

A delicious mash-up of spoken word, poetry and music featuring some of the best rising stars of the literary and music scenes in Scotland. The bill includes poetry and spoken word from Rachel McCrum and Sara Hirsch; up-and-coming 404 Ink author Chris...

Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Smashing the Glass Ceiling

Monday 28 August 10:00am - 11:00am

In The Virgin Banker, CEO of Virgin Money, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, looks back at the events that influenced, shaped and inspired her to become one of the most powerful women in banking. From building a business to beating bullies and racism, she highlights...

Hunting for Treasure with Alice Melvin

Age 4-7

Monday 28 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Can you spot the feathers needed to complete the bird’s tail or the glitter to create a butterfly? Grab your magnifying glass to help author-illustrator Alice Melvin locate the missing items in her fun-filled book Treasure Hunt and discover how she...

Ten at Ten

Monday 28 August 10:00am - 10:10am

A small yet perfectly formed reading from one of our Festival authors to start your day. Check the screen in the Entrance Tent to see who's reading today.

Natalie Haynes & David Vann

Lessons from the Past

Monday 28 August 10:15am - 11:15am

In Bright Air Black, American writer David Vann transports us back to the 13th century BC to bring to life a fascinating and notorious woman: Medea. In The Children of Jocasta, Radio 4 broadcaster Natalie Haynes offers a stunning reimagining of the...

The Monster Mash

All Ages

Monday 28 August 11:00am - 4:30pm

It’s been 200 years since Mary Shelley penned Frankenstein and we’re celebrating with some horrifyingly exciting activities and crafts. Whether you’re into Nibbles the Book Monster or something much scarier, come along and get involved in our...