Aberdeen Booked! Festival

The buzz of the Book Festival returns to the north east for the second Aberdeen Booked! Festival, a celebration of words and stories where international authors share the stage with some of the area’s best writers.

Thursday 24 – Friday 25 August | Aberdeen Arts Centre, 33 King St
Wednesday 23 August | HMP & YOI Grampian
Tickets on sale now

The Giant Who Snored with Mike Nicholson

Thu 24 Aug 2017 11:30am (45 minutes)
ACT Aberdeen
Free event but ticket required
Ages 2-5 with an adult

Some people are at their noisiest when they are asleep, keeping you awake with their snorts and snuffles – but just imagine how bad it’d be if your snoring neighbour was a giant! That’s exactly the problem in Mike Nicholson’s excellent picture book The Giant Who Snored, the hilarious tale of a town’s attempts to wake a very heavy sleeper. …

Lunchtime Reading – Granite Writers

Thu 24 Aug 2017 1:00pm (30 minutes)
ACT Aberdeen
Free event but ticket required | Light lunch provided

In 2016, the National Theatre of Scotland’s Granite production was performed across three sold-out nights in Marischal College. Since then, the group of local writers behind the production have continued to work together on exciting new projects. This is your opportunity to hear work published as part of their new anthology, The Granite Mile.

Jake Arnott: Fear in London’s Fog

Thu 24 Aug 2017 6:30pm (60 minutes)
ACT Aberdeen
£5 / £3.50 concessions

Jake Arnott blends fact and fiction in The Fatal Tree, his riveting tale of crime and rough justice, love and treachery in 1720s London. Join Jake to discover how he brings Georgian London to life in brilliant and brutal fashion, drawing on the true story of criminal couple Elizabeth Lyon and Jack Sheppard. An unmissable chance to hear from a …

Aberdeen Booked! Unbound

Thu 24 Aug 2017 8:00pm (120 minutes)
ACT Aberdeen
Free event | Drop-in

After a jam-packed session last August, the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s cabaret caper Unbound returns to Aberdeen Arts Centre for a FREE relaxed evening of words, performance and revelry. Local writer Shane Strachan hosts bestselling author Jake Arnott alongside some of the north east’s finest wordsmiths including Leila Aboulela, John Aberdein, Esther Woolfson and playwright Morna Young, the 2017 Dr …

Lunchtime Reading – Aberdeen Writers’ Studio

Fri 25 Aug 2017 1:00pm (30 minutes)
ACT Aberdeen
Free event but ticket required | Light lunch provided

Hear new work from some of Aberdeen’s best emerging writing talent. Aberdeen Writers’ Studio are a collective of professional writers based in The Anatomy Rooms who aim to promote and inspire high quality writing from the north east.

Eardley’s Aberdeenshire with Anne Galastro

Fri 25 Aug 2017 5:30pm (60 minutes)
ACT Aberdeen
£5 / £3.50 concessions

Artist Joan Eardley’s career lasted less than two decades, but the impact of her work, focused on the disparate subjects of urban Glasgow and rural Catterline in Aberdeenshire, remains keenly felt today. Edinburgh University’s Anne Galastro, co-author of Joan Eardley: A Sense of Place, the companion to the recent exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, introduces Eardley, …

Arne Dahl & Michel Bussi: Europe’s Most Wanted

Fri 25 Aug 2017 7:00pm (60 minutes)
ACT Aberdeen
£5 / £3.50 concessions

Tuck in to a feast of the finest thrilling European fiction. Black Water Lilies by bestselling French author Michel Bussi is named after a rumoured Monet masterpiece, which seems to be a magnet for murder. Sweden’s Arne Dahl, whose novels have already been translated into over 30 languages, launches a new series with Watching You, in which a serial killer …