Pitch up, grab a drink from the bar, take a seat and sit back as an entertaining evening of word-play, music, laughs and much more besides unfolds. Taking place every evening from 14–29 Aug in our Spiegeltent, each night of Unbound is different and anything goes. Expect surprises; don’t expect a conventional book event. Over 18s only.



The Phoenix Rises

Sunday 14 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

The Phoenix Comic has been cool for kids for many years, and now Unbound revellers will be treated to some late night antics from gladiatorial Gary Northfield (Julius Zebra), caped comic crusader Laura Ellen Anderson (Evil Emperor Penguin), adventurer...


From Sutherland to Saskatoon

Monday 15 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Winnipeg was founded by Scots exiled by the Highland Clearances; the Book Festival got together with Winnipeg International Writers Festival to uncover the make-up and mix of modern, multilingual Canada, from the founding nations to new migrant...


Liz Lochhead and the Hazey Janes

Tuesday 16 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Liz called. She said, ‘I’m working with The Hazey Janes. Together we are creating a celebration of the lyric impulse and the love of strange and new harmonies – I quite fancy doing an Unbound session; what do you think?’ Fresh from their recent...


Bookshop Band

Wednesday 17 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

The Book Festival has commissioned new songs by the Bookshop Band to celebrate their day of events spotlighting international fiction and translation, happening throughout Wednesday 17 August. The core of inspiration for the new tracks is Han Kang’s...


Poetry As Refuge

Thursday 18 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Fires of fear are being fanned as we watch the refugee crisis unfold across Europe. Writers, artists and poets are restless and responding; countering with words of hope, heart and humanity. Join one of this year’s Book Festival Guest Selectors,...


The EVP Sessions

Friday 19 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

A collaboration between Penned in the Margins and Mercy, Electronic Voice Phenomena becomes unbound in an electrifying live session. Mercurial multimedia artist Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom resonates dub echoes and performance poet Harry Giles considers...


Tongue Fu

Saturday 20 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

In Scotland for one night only at the Book Festival, Tongue Fu is a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation. Created and hosted by poet Chris Redmond (Scroobius Pip’s Beatdown XFM; Pick Of The Week - BBC R4), it is among the...


From Lewis to Lahore

Sunday 21 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

In 2015 the Book Festival began a journey with Highlight Arts travelling from Scotland to Pakistan and back again, refuelling at the Lahore Literary Festival - an adventure involving telling and translating stories, poetry, pictures and music. The...


Macastory & Friends

Monday 22 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

At the heart of Unbound is literary joy and, inspired by their LandWords Festival appearances, sensational storytelling duo Macastory will be shining bright, introducing Scotland’s history in the silliest way possible. It might not ALL be true but...


Born To Be Wide

Tuesday 23 August 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Led by ‘Olaf the Enforcer’, Born to be Wide has been doing good in the world of music for many years. They fight the cause for quality music, writing, performance and storytelling, helping new artists to climb up the ladder of fame and celebrating...


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