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.

Kitty Ferguson

An Unfettered Mind

Monday 28 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

In Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work, Kitty Ferguson remarks that it's no surprise the leading theoretical physicist has signed up for the world's first commercial space flight. After all, at 75, he is still in good health despite being given only two...


The Last Night on Earth

Monday 28 August 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Ladies, gentlemen and everyone in between! Anarchic entertainers Dive Queer Party conjure the spirit of ’47 to stage a closing cabaret party of epic proportions. With fakery making the headlines and the world falling apart around our ears, the...

Amit Chaudhuri

Perfect Moments

Monday 28 August 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Like Proust, Amit Chaudhuri has perfected the art of the moment. So says Hilary Mantel. In Friend of My Youth, a novelist named Amit Chaudhuri visits his childhood home of Bombay. The city, reeling from the impact of the 2008 terrorist attacks, weighs...

Visions of the Future: Public Forums

How Can We Make Gathering Places Fit for the 21st Century?

Monday 28 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm

In ancient Greece, an agora was a place for public assembly; the centre for political life and for spiritual and artistic activity. Today, in a digital era when equality and freedom of speech remain fragile, how much do we need public gathering places...

J P Delaney & Caite Dolan-Leach

Red Hot Thrillers

Monday 28 August 8:30pm - 9:30pm

We’re bowing out with two of the year’s hottest and most hyped thrillers. J P Delaney has sold the rights to The Girl Before to 35 countries and Hollywood director Ron Howard looks set to make the movie. Caite Dolan-Leach’s smart and shocking...

Orhan Pamuk

Sunday 17 September 3:00pm - 4:00pm

In this special Book Festival event, the Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author makes a rare Edinburgh appearance to discuss his new novel, The Red-Haired Woman. Orhan Pamuk is one of the world’s best-respected writers: his novels have introduced...

Alan Hollinghurst

Tuesday 10 October 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Sparsholt Affair is the long-awaited sixth novel by Man Booker winner Alan Hollinghurst, one of Britain’s finest fiction writers. Opening in 1940, Hollinghurst’s novel evokes the lives of two young men – David Sparsholt and Evert Dax - who...