Our Baillie Gifford Schools Programme challenges young minds to question, imagine and wonder – and this year we’re thrilled to bring it online for the first time ever!

Each year, the programme brings together well-established writers, illustrators and performers from every corner of the globe, along with some shining new talent. There are events for every year group, primary and secondary, and the programme is put together with the Curriculum for Excellence in mind.

We have curated a unique programme of 12 events to keep young minds active and inspired and to ‘Keep the Conversation Going’, 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. Head to our dedicated learning site for more: learning.edbookfest.co.uk


Our public programme is educational too, and offers hundreds of events, workshops, debates and masterclasses to get grown-ups and children alike thinking and learning:

Adult Programme

Our wide range of informative workshops, creative masterclasses, lively author events and rousing debates aim to inspire and educate, and offer you the opportunity to discuss the hot topics of the day. You’ll find hundreds of events featuring world-class authors, writers and thinkers in our adult programme.

Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme

Our renowned Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme encourages children to play with words and engage with books, and offers plenty of opportunities to discover something new. Featuring the best writers and illustrators for children and teens, the programme gives youngsters the chance to explore subjects as diverse as the natural world, art, history and astronomy, in a vibrant and interactive environment.


The 2019 Baillie Gifford Schools Programme ran from 19-27 August 2019.

To browse past events download the 2019 Schools brochure now