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.

Linda Dryden on The Ebb-Tide

Reading Workshop

Monday 28 August 11:00am - 12:30pm

Linda Dryden, Professor of Literature at Napier University, examines The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and his stepson Lloyd Osbourne. Seen as a study of imperialist society and Christianity, it's a dark and discomfiting yet powerful tale following...

Foodie Frolics with Emily MacKenzie

Age 3-6

Monday 28 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Calling all foodies and fussy eaters alike! Meet illustrator Emily MacKenzie as she talks about all the gooey, chewy food that features in her book, There's Broccoli in My Ice Cream! Will puppy Granville finally learn to eat his fruit and veg? Tickets...

Peter Bazalgette

Espousing Empathy

Monday 28 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Empathy is an extraordinary human attribute, allowing people to put themselves in the shoes of others and view struggles and vicissitudes as they affect the world. The former chair of Arts Council England today shares his new book, The Empathy Instinct,...

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

Saga Travels

Monday 28 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

The Vikings voyaged to all corners of the medieval world and beyond - from the Arctic Circle to Constantinople, North America to Kievan Rus - and wrote up their, somewhat embellished, journeys in their sagas. Durham medievalist Eleanor Rosamund...

Story Shop

Monday 28 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.

Colourful Canine Creations with Guy Parker-Rees

Age 3-6

Monday 28 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Take a peek into the colourful world of illustration as Guy Parker-Rees reads from his Dylan book series and shows you how the stories grew from one simple character sketch. Be prepared to participate as you help Guy create some brand new picture book...