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15 August 2018

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 took place from 10 to 12 November.

  • Literary Festival, Glasgow, March

    In 2018 Aye Write! will run from 15 to 25 March. The Wee Write! family days will be from 1 to 9 March.

  • Literary Festival, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, October

    Just a few miles over the Border with Scotland, so we've included it in our list! The 2018 festival will take place from 20 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 2018 festival takes place at Traquair House, Innerleithen, on 25 and 26 August.

  • Literary Festival, March, April, Dumfries

    Named after Nana, the big dog who looked after the children in Peter Pan, Big DoG is an exciting family festival in Dumfries. The 2018 festival is on 23 to 25 March.

  • Literary Festival, Gatehouse of Fleet, April

    The 2018 festival will run in Gatehouse of Fleet from 19 to 22 April.

  • Literary Festival, Stirling, September

    Scotland's international crime writing festival takes place in a number of venues in Central Stirling each September. The 2018 festival will take place from 21 to 23 September.

  • Literary Festival, Scotland, various locations, November

    Book Week Scotland is a nationwide week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November. In 2017 it slips into December running from Monday 27 November to Sunday 3 December.

  • 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 2018 it runs from 8 to 19 May.

  • Literary Festival, Benderloch, September, October

    Benderloch's 2017 Bookends Festival took place from Saturday 23 to Saturday 30 September.