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29 March 2017

Book Festivals in Scotland

Scotland is very well served with book festivals. They range from the world's largest to small local ones run by volunteers. We've gathered together all those we could find (and a few other festivals with literary content). If we've missed one or you want us to provide more information about your festival, please email us at The List publishes an annual guide to all of Scotland's festivals including book festivals: see the guide online.

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  • Literary Festival, November, Mallaig

    In 2017 Mallaig's book festival will take place from 10 to 12 November.

  • Literary Festival, Glasgow, March

    Aye Write! is Glasgow's Book Festival which takes place at the Mitchell Library every spring. In 2017 Aye Write! runs from 9 to 19 March. There are also Wee Write! family days on 25 February and 4 March 2017.

  • Literary Festival, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, October

    Just a few miles over the Border with Scotland, so we've included it in our list! The 2016 festival took place from 21 to 23 October.

  • Literary Festival, Innerleithen, August

    Beyond Borders hosts this unique, wee, eclectic festival of international debate, books, art, film, music and nature, seeking to break down barriers between identities and ideas. The 2016 festival took place at Traquair House, Innerleithen, from 26 August to 28 August.

  • Literary Festival, Stirling, September

    Scotland's international crime writing festival takes place in a number of venues in Central Stirling each September. The 2017 festival takes place from 8 to 10 September.

  • Literary Festival, West Dunbartonshire, May

    Booked! is an annual literature festival that takes place at various locations (mainly libraries) in the West Dunbartonshire area in May.

  • Literary Festival, Benderloch, September, October

    Benderloch's 2016 Bookends Festival took place from Saturday 24 September to Saturday 1 October.

  • Literary Festival, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, October

    Bookmark is a Perthshire book festival which takes place in Blairgowrie, Rattray and The Glens in October.

  • Literary Festival, Melrose, June

    The Borders Book Festival takes place in the grounds and surrounds of Harmony House in Melrose. The 2017 festival will run from 15 to 18 June and the prestigious Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction will be announced there.

  • Literary Festival, Ayrshire, May

    This is the world's only festival of biography and memoir and in 2017 it will take place from 12 to 14 May at Dumfries House in East Ayrshire.