Back to Ours

Back to Ours

When the sun goes (almost) down, the party really starts!

You spoke, we listened – and our famous Spiegeltent returns. Home to a full hearted, open throated and all-round good-time programme of late night events to round off your Festival day – or even kick off your Festival night – we’re thrilled to bring you a host of excellent shindigs.

Michael Pedersen’s Big Friendship Fandango brings the poet and raconteur together with BAFTA Best Comedy Writer awardee Jack Rooke (of Channel 4’s uproarious series Big Boys), smash-hit podcaster Blindboy Boatclub, and Greg McHugh (creator of the inimitable Gary: Tank Commander); beloved podcasts Weirdos Bookclub with comedians Sara Pascoe and Cariad Lloyd, and Caroline O’Donoghue’s Sentimental Garbage will both record live episodes on-site; we’ll explore the worlds of AfroFuturism; the fabulous Fern Brady graces our Spiegeltent stage; you can titillate your senses with steamy and erotic literature with Lucy Debussy, Sareeta Domingo, So Mayer and Hollie McNish; and we’ll stage a vibrant celebration of Queer Lit.

Festival favourites, the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers band, will bring their unique groove, celebrity Fringe and Book Festival teams will go head-to-head in the Artists vs Clowns pub quiz, and a rollicking ceilidh will round off the whole Festival shebang.

So gather your pals, grab a glass of something cold, and head Back to Ours for late night Spiegeltent fun.


Book Fest vs The Fringe: A Book Quiz of Epic Proportions

Wednesday 14 August 21:00 - 22:30

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The Book Festival isn’t the only show in town during August – stars galore will also be massing in Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe (…allegedly). But who knows their Atwood from their elbow? Whose TBR pile is scraping the ceiling? Showing it’s...

Rachel Sermanni: On Creativity

Monday 19 August 21:00 - 22:30

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A mesmerising presence on Scotland’s indie-folk scene, Rachel Sermanni’s candid lyrics invite her listeners in as she explores nature, separation, and healing. Since her fourth album Dreamer Awake, Sermanni has been leading Cultivating Creative...

Beneath the Sheets: A Celebration of Erotica

Thursday 22 August 21:00 - 22:30

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Erotica! No longer is it something talked about in hushed tones or read secretly as a guilty pleasure – we’re ridding ourselves of the taboo. Tonight, we celebrate writing about romance and sex, bringing together poets, authors, and actors to...

The Big Friendship Fandango

Friday 23 August 21:00 - 23:00

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Convinced that friendships might just be the greatest love affairs of our lives, one of Scotland’s best-loved poets, Michael Pedersen, hosts a riotous, glorious conversation all about them with special guests. Bee Asha & The Band Tees, Blindboy...

Queerly Beloved

Saturday 24 August 18:45 - 20:00

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Join us for a lively conversation celebrating Queer literature. Chaired by Kirsty Logan, the panel share books (from overtly Queer, to between-the-lines) that have defined them as writers, the stories they wish they could have read sooner, and their...

The Book Festival Ceilidh

Saturday 24 August 21:00 - 22:30

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Nothing closes out a festival like a good birl! On our final Festival weekend, join us for our barnstorming ceilidh, complete with a live band. Never ceilidh-ed before? Have no fear, Strip the Willow newbies and Dashing White Sergeant experts are all...