The Belfast Book Festival is Northern Ireland's leading literary festival, featuring a unique, diverse and highly creative programme.
From 6–16 June the 8th annual Belfast Book Festival, supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, will open the world of books to everyone. For 11 days, venues across the city including The Crescent will come alive with unique and diverse events featuring high profile authors as well as events exploring a range of interests and themes.
Some of the key highlights for this year include acclaimed journalist Alastair Campbell, award winning comedian Francesca Martinez, champion motorcyclist Steve Parrish, adventurer and environmentalist Huw Kingston, the Medicinal Chef Dale Pinnock, Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balagué, internationally renowned scientist and philosopher John Lennox, renowned broadcaster John Tusa, The Guardian's political sketcher John Crace and the Queen of Scottish stand-up, Janey Godley.
The festival is more than just words. There are also some extraordinary pieces of music and storytelling including performances from Donal Scullion, Jan Carson and Anthony Toner, Jane Talbot and Noel Harron, Dr Lucy Collins, Maria McManus, Nessa O'Mahony and the HIVE Choir, Chamber Babies featuring pianist Nadene Fiorentini and the critically acclaimed stage adaptation of the best-selling novel The Kite Runner.
The festival will offer also a range of literary lunches, featuring Sir Robert Salisbury, Diana Oxlade and Frances Green. There's also a series of poetry-dedicated readings and poetry slams with James Harpur, Mark Roper, John F Deane and Poetry NI.
On Saturday 16 June, the Queen's Quarter will host the grand finale of the festival. The Family Fun Day will bring the wonderful stories of the great Roald Dahl to life and is for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy for free in Lower Crescent Park, in partnership with Belfast City Council. Come the evening, Belfast's first Lit Crawl will offer a fast-paced evening of free pop-up events and quirky literary happenings that take place in unusual venues all across the Queen's Quarter and is open to everybody.