The Edinburgh Book Festival 2018: a few recommendations to get you started

If you’re planning on coming to Edinburgh this summer, you’re probably feeling pretty excited about all the different shows on offer from the Edinburgh Fringe since they published their full programme last week. (Hurrah!) However, have you looked at the Edinburgh Book Festival’s programme yet? If you haven’t, you should really check it out!


We’ve been perusing through their 2018 Programme, and honestly, there are so many shows we’d love to see!!


Here’s a few to whet your appetite….



James Aldred & Jonathan Drori: The World of Trees

Wednesday 22 August 17:30 – 18:30


James Aldred built forest shelters as a teenager and now hops around the treetops to film segments for David Attenborough’s celebrated TV shows. In The Man Who Climbs Trees he recalls adventures from Borneo to Australia. Jonathan Drori keeps his feet firmly on the ground to analyse how trees play eye-opening roles in almost every part of human life in Around the World in 80 Trees. A perfect event for nature lovers.



David Walliams: Big Laughs

Thursday 23 August 17:00 – 18:00 (Families & 7+)


Britain’s biggest author, David Walliams, brings his unique sense of humour to the Book Festival as he shares with you his latest hilarious bestseller, Bad Dad. Be inspired to get writing your own funny stories as David explains how he became the fastest growing children’s author in the UK. Author and BBC Radio 4’s Zeb Soanes joins David on stage to tease out his best tales.



Barroux & Michael Morpurgo: War Force

Sunday 26 August 10:00 – 11:00 (Families & 8+)


Former Children’s Laureate and worldwide bestselling author Michael Morpurgo comes together with award-winning artist Barroux to tell the story of two brothers and the war that changed everything. Based on the true story of Michael’s uncles during the Second World War, In the Mouth of the Wolf combines superb storytelling with stunning artwork to explore how war impacts families.



Miranda Kaufmann with Afua Hirsch: Africans in Medieval England

Tuesday 14 August 17:30 – 18:30


It’s a common misconception that black migration to Britain began with the Windrush in 1948. But as Miranda Kaufmann demonstrates in Black Tudors, many black Africans were warmly accepted into 16th century English society. What’s perhaps most striking is they were free – living in a Britain not yet involved in slave trading. Kaufmann talks to Afua Hirsch and discusses the implications for our understanding of British history.



Bruce Dickinson – Writing with an Iron Fist

Saturday 18 August 20:30 – 21:30


Bruce Dickinson is frontman of one of the world’s iconic heavy metal bands; but he has plenty more strings to his guitar. The Iron Maiden leader is also an aviation entrepreneur, beer brewer and fencing enthusiast. His bestselling memoir, What Does This Button Do?, reflects on an eccentric childhood, his meteoric rise to fame, and his recent encounter with cancer. Hear from one of music’s most multi-talented men.



The Edinburgh International Book Festival goes on sale on 26th June 2018.

Find the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s website here.