Box office: 0131 624 5050. Some events are free but all require tickets.
The Children' s Literature International Summer School at the University of Surrey Roehampton opens next weekend for an international gathering of enthusiasts and academics. The following events and talks are free and open to the public:
- Saturday August 11, 8pm-9, Belfry Bar, Digby Stuart College: An evening with Anne Provoost, the award-winning Dutch-language writer, who will be discussing issues for writers who want to write for both adults and children. Provoost talks to TES books editor Geraldine Brennan and introduces extracts from the forthcoming film of her novel Falling (published in the UK by Allen amp; Unwin).
- Sunday August 12, 8.15pm, Terrace Room, Digby Stuart College: "The Literary Merits of the First Harry Potter Book", a talk by Devin Brown.
- Tuesday August 14, 7pm-9, Terrace Room, Digby Stuart College: Lecture by Lynne Vallone on Becoming Victoria, her recent book on the girlhood of Queen Victoria.
- Wednesday August 15, 2pm-4.30, Olivier Foyer, National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1. Jane Doonan introduces Through Eastern Eyes, the touring exhibition of Japanese picture books at the National through the summer, moving on to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the autumn.7pm-8.30, Terrace Room, Froebel College: BBC Radio 4 records a children's books edition of Straw Poll .
- Thursday August 16, 7.45pm Belfry Bar, Digby Stuart College. A lot of snot (and more) in The Five Regrettable Fluids , a lecture by Rod McGillis of the University of Calgary.
Just turn up at Digby Stuart or Froebel College, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 (but note the South Bank event on August 15) or tel 020 8392 3008 for more details.
Book reviews appear throughout August on The TES feature pages
Edinburgh highlights for adults include a series on The Writing Business , supported by the Society of Authors and The Times Literary Supplement . The advice on getting into print covers areas including science writing with Erich Hoyt (August 17, 6pm), commercial fiction with Maggie Craig (August 24, 6pm) and writing for children with Allan Ahlberg (August 26, 6pm, see also The Fidler Award session with David Almond on August 16, 6.30pm.
If you can't make it to Edinburgh for the Meet the Author sessions with Pat Barker, Jeanette Winterson, Nick Hornby and others, catch the Radio 4 short stories recorded at the festival . Recordings are at 9.45am August 13-17 at the Point conference centre, broadcasts at 3.30pm same day.
The Debating the Future series of panel discussions includes the THES debate on the future of genetic science, with Ian Wilmut and Colin Tudge (August 21 8pm).
Full programme on www.edbookfest.co.uk , box office 0131 624 5050. Some events are free but all require tickets.