Sponsored for the first time by Nairn’s Oatcakes, the 2018 Family Book Festival is as nutty, nourishing and wholesome as one of their famous oatcakes. Returning favourites such as Alan Windram, Ross Collins, Debi Gliori and Viv French are joined by Mike Nicholson, David Solomons and loads of workshops and storytelling sessions.

Once kids have chosen from the tremendous line-up on Saturday 16th June and Sunday 17th June, Mum and Dad or Grannie and Grandpa get in free.



Saturday’s Highlights

Simon Chapman: Expedition Diaries
June 16 at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, £6

Bitten by a crocodile, charged by giant otters; Blue Peter award-wining author, Simon Chapman, has explored jungles and mountains from the Amazon to the Himalayas. In his interactive talk, where audience members will learn to scream like a spider monkey and get kitted up for a rainforest expedition, Simon will show to what lengths he goes when producing his colourful news series of expedition diaries.

Dracula Detectives
June 16 at 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, £6

Welcome to the village of Losthope, which is experiencing an unfortunate outbreak of vampirism, begun by Count Dracula. Help Dr Death and Professor MacHelsing (alias author Gill Arbuthnott and scientist Doug MacDonald) with their experiments.  Show how the infection spreads using ‘blood serum’ (no biting required…) and find out if you are a vampire. Trace the infection back and discover which of the villagers is actually Dracula…

David Solomons: My Brother is a Superhero
June 16 at 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm, £6

Polish up your knowledge of superheroes and supervillains at this brilliant event with David Solomons. Heard of Arm Fall Off Boy? Know what Superman’s weakness is? Find out all the answers and more as David shares stories from some of his side-splittingly funny books, including My Brother is a Superhero and his brand new My Arch-Enemy is a Brain in a Jar. Like saving the world? Like dramatic alien visits? Like cases of mistaken identity? Then you’ll like THIS!



Sunday’s Highlights

Rufus with Simon Bartram
June 17 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, £6

Rufus is a monster. But he doesn’t feel like a Tip-Top monster. Every monster book he’s read says that monsters are supposed to scare Peoply People and there aren’t any of those in his desert. Rufus decides that there is only one thing for it. He’s going to have to find a Peoply Person to scare. But where in the world are they all hiding? Join Simon Bartram to find out!

Let’s Make the Craziest Story EVER with Vivian French & Ross Collins
June 17 at 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm, £6

Join the award-winning Tales from the Five Kingdoms duo of author Vivian French & illustrator Ross Collins and together we will make the Craziest Story EVER! Not for the faint-hearted.


Book your tickets for all events of the Nairn’s Family Book Festival on our website, by phone to Hub Tickets at 0131 473 2000 or at the festival box office (subject to availability).