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.

Teju Cole

Seeing is Believing

Sunday 13 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Teju Cole is an artist who works with his eyes open and his shoes on. His writing is legendary; his photography about to become just as important. The America-born Nigerian author of the multi award-winning novel Open City makes a welcome return to the...

Theresa Breslin & Caroline Leech: Historical Fictions

Age 12+

Sunday 13 August 4:30pm - 5:30pm

CILIP Carnegie Medal-winner Theresa Breslin's The Rasputin Dagger follows a risky romance during the Russian Revolution, while Caroline Leech's Wait for Me explores a forbidden love during the Second World War. Meet these two brilliant writers and get...

Busting Book Myths with Vivian French

Families & 5+

Sunday 13 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Expect stories, fun and plenty of participation as leading children's author Vivian French leads you on a cover to cover journey through her hilarious, myth-busting picture book about books and reading, The Covers of My Book are Too Far Apart! Perfect...
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Donald Smith & Beth Underdown

Giving 17th Century Women a Voice

Sunday 13 August 5:00pm - 6:00pm

A World of Sighs

From Poetry to Prayer

Sunday 13 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Seen historically as a way of maintaining a healthy body and mind through the expelling of melancholy, sighing is now fertile ground for psychologists to assess a person’s emotional state. For a history of the sigh, from poetry to prayer and health to...