Aug
9
Thu
DJ Target @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 9 @ 9:45 pm – 10:45 pm
DJ Target @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

The Radio 1 DJ goes on a grime spree as he digs into the roots of the musical movement and its political leanings in his first book, Grime Kids: The Inside Story of the Global Grime Takeover.

Aug
11
Sat
Neal Ascherson @ The Spiegeltent
Aug 11 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Neal Ascherson @ The Spiegeltent

Well-known as a journalist, Ascherson presents his first novel at this year’s festival. The strange true tale of a French destroyer that exploded in the Clyde in 1940, The Death of the Frosnac is in the running for this year’s First Book award.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 11 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Four decades on from his incarceration and release as a political prisoner in Kenya, Marxist playwright and novelist Ngugi reflects on a life spent in exile from his beloved home country and discusses his updated prison memoir, Wrestling with the Devil.

Aug
12
Sun
Jesse Norman @ Garden Theatre
Aug 12 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Jesse Norman @ Garden Theatre

Making waves from the centre, MP and compassionate Conservative Jesse Norman is pegged as a possible future Tory leader. His latest book, Adam Smith: What He Thought, and Why it Matters, goes beyond biography to look at the philosophy of one of the world’s foundational economic thinkers and how his theories apply today.

Tom Gauld & Hamish Steele @ The Spiegeltent
Aug 12 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Tom Gauld & Hamish Steele @ The Spiegeltent

Lighthearted discussions of lemon drizzle cake, philosophy, Egyptian gods and more are on the cards as cartoonists Tom Gauld and Hamish Steele discuss their latest works, Baking with Kafka and Pantheon.

Reinhard Kleist @ The Spiegeltent
Aug 12 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Reinhard Kleist @ The Spiegeltent

The German cartoonist returns to one of his favourite subjects, musician Nick Cave, for an evening of music, visuals and live drawing as he launches his latest graphic biography, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: An Art Book.

Hard Truths @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 12 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Hard Truths @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Curated by highly respected photographer Arthur Ollman and international picture editor David Furst, the New York Times brings an exhibition of over 60 images from photojournalists around the world to the Book Festival. Listen in as a panel of acclaimed journalists and photographers have a wide-ranging discussion on topics including digital manipulation and the era of ‘fake news’.

Aug
13
Mon
Rose McGowan @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 13 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Rose McGowan @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

One of the first to expose the culture of sexual assault and rape in Hollywood, McGowan has steadfastly fought her corner against all attackers. Hear her tell her story to Afua Hirsch as she discusses her book, Brave.

Aug
14
Tue
Zindzi Mandela @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 14 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 pm
Zindzi Mandela @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Nelson Mandela’s youngest daughter is a political activist in her own right, and currently serves as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark. She talks about what it was like growing up in the shadow of such an incredible man, and on the 13th holds a special event for kids about the book she wrote with her own children, Grandad Mandela.

Rachel Kushner @ Spark Theatre
Aug 14 @ 12:15 pm – Aug 17 @ 1:15 pm
Rachel Kushner @ Spark Theatre

Kushner’s breathlessly anticipated third novel, The Mars Room, is an unflinching portrait of a mother starting a life sentence in the American prison system. Human rights activist Jennifer Clement is on hand to dig deep into the inspiration behind Kushner’s latest work.

Archie Macpherson @ Spark Theatre
Aug 14 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Archie Macpherson @ Spark Theatre

Given Scotland’s history as a world-class football team, why the slump into two decades of failure? Commentator Macpherson examines the evidence and looks to the future in Adventures in the Golden Age.

Aug
15
Wed
June Sarpong @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 15 @ 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
June Sarpong @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

TV presenter Sarpong is a familiar face thanks to E4 and Saturday morning TV, but her political thinking has always been distinctly grown-up. She talks to Ruth Wishart about the case for diversity.

Gordon Brown @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Gordon Brown @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Former Prime Minister and mastermind of the Vow,
Gordon Brown looks back on his political career and charts his successes and failures in his latest memoir, My Life, Our Times.

Brian May @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Brian May @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Musician and polymath May joins Professor Roger Taylor as they discuss 19th-century photographer George Washington Wilson. Examining his life and work, they will also show a selection of his stereoscopic photographs, projected in 3D.

Dag Solstad @ Garden Theatre
Aug 15 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm
Dag Solstad @ Garden Theatre

An elder statesman of Norway’s literary scene, Solstad explores the love and loneliness of a small-town librarian in his latest novel, T Singer.

Aug
16
Thu
Louise Minchin @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 16 @ 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Louise Minchin @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

An object lesson in the power of positive thinking, Minchin’s rise from TV presenter and cycling amateur to representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championship is truly inspiring. Find out how she travelled so far in three years as she discusses her passion.

Adam Kay @ Spark Theatre
Aug 16 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Adam Kay @ Spark Theatre

Junior doctor turned comedian Adam Kay recalls the torture of 97-hour working weeks at the NHS, and wonders if This is Going to Hurt.

Vic Galloway @ Spark Theatre
Aug 16 @ 8:45 pm – 4:52 pm
Vic Galloway @ Spark Theatre

BBC Radio Scotland favourite Galloway has seen the highs and lows of our music scene over a long career in the media. He looks at why Scottish bands, such as Simple Minds and Franz Ferdinand, have so often found huge global success.

Aug
18
Sat
Ali Smith @ The Spiegeltent
Aug 18 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Ali Smith @ The Spiegeltent

How to Be Both is adapted by Julie Taudevin and Claire Duffy for a 45-minute stage performance, followed by a discussion with Smith about her philosophical novel. Plus, on 21st August, she delivers an adapted version of last year’s Muriel Spark Society Annual Lecture.

Shami Chakrabarti @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 18 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Shami Chakrabarti @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

As director of Liberty, Chakrabarti fought for civil rights and was discribed as, “probably the most effective … lobbyist of the past 20 years.” Her continuing mission is to put pressure on the most prevalent global human rights abuse, gender inequality, and with her new book Of Women she carries on the fight.

Martin Rowson & Mohammad Sabaaneh @ Garden Theatre
Aug 18 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Martin Rowson & Mohammad Sabaaneh @ Garden Theatre

The two cartoonists discuss their latest works with Phill Jupitus, looking at Rowson’s adaptation of the Communist Manifesto and Sabaaneh’s Palestine. As a former political prisoner of Israel, Sabaaneh will provide fascinating insight into what it’s really like to suffer for one’s beliefs.

Bruce Dickinson @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 18 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Bruce Dickinson @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Iron Maiden frontman, pilot, radio DJ, and fencing enthusiast are just some of the titles Dickinson has accumulated. Come and hear what the rocker has to say in his memoir, What Does This Button Do?

Aug
19
Sun
Ruby Wax @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 19 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Ruby Wax @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

From outspoken comedian to mental health campaigner, Wax has been painfully honest about her own struggles with depression. Now armed with a degree in Cognitive Therapy, she’s on a mission to bring mindfulness to the masses with her new book, How to Be Human.

Tony Adams @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 19 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Tony Adams @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

If a brilliant footballing career tarnished by alcoholism sounds like an all-too-familiar tale, Adams is a living example that there can be a happy ending after recovery.

Sally Magnusson @ Spark Theatre
Aug 19 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Sally Magnusson @ Spark Theatre

Magnusson is the hardest-working woman at the festival, as she chairs talks with Greg Wise, Ali Smith and Chelsea Clinton. On the 19th of August she presents her own first novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift.

Ed Warner @ Spark Theatre
Aug 19 @ 8:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Ed Warner @ Spark Theatre

Just how corrupt is elite sport? As the former chair of UK Athletics and current chair of World Para Athletics, Ed Warner is well placed to blow the lid off sport’s money problem in the explosive Sports Inc.

Aug
20
Mon
Chelsea Clinton @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Chelsea Clinton @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

The daughter of two of the most powerful people in the world, Chelsea Clinton has forged her own path fighting for women’s rights. She speaks with Sally Magnusson about her own female role models and her latest children’s book, She Persisted Around the World. On the 19th August she hosts a special event for children and families, too.

Nicola Sturgeon @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nicola Sturgeon @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

The First Minister pops across the road from her official residence at Bute House to talk with Ali Smith about the author’s series of Brexit-inspired novels, particularly the latest installment, Winter.

Jeremy Corbyn @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 20 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jeremy Corbyn @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

One of the UK’s most divisive figures, the Labour Party leader has shifted political discourse in the
UK and reinvigorated the Left. In conversation with economist Yanis Varoufakis, he discusses the return of socialism, the media and how grassroots campaigning changed the outcome of the last election.

Aug
22
Wed
Susan Calman @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 22 @ 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Susan Calman @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

In a world where the Internet has divided us more than it’s brought us together, as vitriolic comments, extreme views and online bullying become more and more commonplace. Strictly Come Dancing star and comedian Calman has a solution. She talks about her new plan – The Kindness Quest.

Aug
24
Fri
Akala @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 24 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Akala @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Cerebral hip hop artist Akala confronts the legacy of the British Empire in his searing non-fiction polemic, Natives, and looks at how racism affected his own life and continues to shape Britain today.

Aug
25
Sat
Brett Anderson @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 25 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Brett Anderson @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

The Suede frontman’s memoir, Coal Black Mornings, recalls the heady days of Britpop and the unlikely rise to fame of a taxi driver’s son from Hayward’s Heath.

Aug
26
Sun
Gina Miller @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 26 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Gina Miller @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Gina Miller became the face of democracy when she successfully took the British government to the Supreme Court, challenging its authority to trigger Brexit without parliamentary approval. In her first book, Rise, she looks at the costs and rewards of standing up for what you believe in.

Gaël Faye @ The Spiegeltent
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gaël Faye @ The Spiegeltent

Music and performance combine as Faye’s debut novel, Small Country, is published in English for the first time. Actor Thierry Lawson and musician Samuel Kamanzi help to bring the coming-of-age tale about the Rwandan genocide to the stage.

Jo Nesbo @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Aug 26 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jo Nesbo @ Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Nesbo’s latest crime thriller puts a twist on the Scottish play, as his anti-hero Inspector Macbeth deals with paranoia and murder in his own police department.

Aug
27
Mon
Mark Beaumont @ Garden Theatre
Aug 27 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Mark Beaumont @ Garden Theatre

Phileas Fogg needed trains, boats and the occasional elephant to make his journey around the world in 80 days. Mark Beaumont needed only his trusty bike (and a flight or two across the ocean) to complete the same task in 78 days, beating the world record by over a third.