2020 Schools Programme is live

Baillie Gifford Schools Programme 2020
15 – 31 August 2020

Events live-streamed 15 – 31 August; catch them on demand afterwards on learning.edbookfest.co.uk

We’re thrilled to bring the Book Festival’s 2020 Baillie Gifford Schools Programme online for the first time ever! This year, we’ve brought together authors, illustrators, experts and performers from across the globe to ‘Keep the Conversation Going’ – and we want you front and centre.

We have curated a unique programme of 12 events to keep young minds active and inspired, which you can watch live and free on the Book Festival website and YouTube channel. Each event will be accompanied by learning resources and activities to help you get the most out of your Book Festival experience.

If you miss the live events – don’t worry! They’ll be available soon after at learning.edbookfest.co.uk, alongside the resources.

For younger readers (First level): 

Dapo Adeola and Nathan Byron, 2020 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winners, share ideas about combating plastic pollution; Dunja Jogan shows us how to illustrate how feelings through her beautiful picture book Felix After the Rain; and Joseph Coleho takes us on an adventure into the world of poetry.

For middle-grade (Second Level): 

Broadcaster and science superstar Emily Grossman uncovers brain-fizzing facts; Helen Skelton and Lily Dyu showcase stories of fantastic female adventurers; Patrice Lawrence and Bali Rai transport us back in time with their novels based on historical figures; Samantha Baines challenges stereotypes about hearing loss in Harriet Versus the Galaxy; and Sharna Jackson and Robin Stevens share their latest thrilling detective tales.

For Secondary pupils (Second, Third and Fourth Levels): 

New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone and social media sensation Nikita Gill discuss how writing can ignite change and challenge stereotypes; Liz Hyder takes you deep underground in her multi-award winning debut Bearmouth; acclaimed poet Dean Atta and drag queen George Lester celebrate identity, sexuality and self-empowerment; and Joseph Coelho, Juno Dawson and Kiran Millwood Hargrave showcase radical retellings of classic tales.

Watch live

From 15-31 August, enjoy 140 events for free – including those featured in the Baillie Gifford Children’s and Schools’ Programme – via our website and YouTube channel. Through the magic of technology, we’ll be crossing continents and time zones to beam must-see readings, live conversations, panel debates and straight into your home. You can also participate in our daily Draw Along activities, featuring some of the fantastic illustrators in the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme, streamed every morning at 9.30am on our Facebook page.

Learning resources

Each event will be accompanied by resources and activities to help you and your students get the most out of the 2020 Book Festival experience. These will be available to download before each event is streamed – keep an eye out on the Learning Resources tab of our website.

Online Book Shop

A Book Festival experience wouldn’t be complete without browsing our Book Shop – so we’ve created our very first online one! Opening soon, it will feature titles from every author in the 2020 programme as well as showcasing a range of books from Scottish publishers. Better still, it will be open 24 hours a day, so you’ll be able to browse until your heart’s content.

Across the Festival, there are a number of online book signings where audience members are offered the opportunity to chat face-to-face with the author and get their books signed. These signings are strictly limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis – so it pays to get in quick. The online Book Shop will be opening soon – keep an eye out for details.


The 2020 Book Festival online programme is live now – browse all the events on our website.

We hope you enjoy browsing the 2020 Baillie Gifford Schools Programme and look forward to welcoming you in August!

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