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15 April 2021

Book Festivals and Literary Salons 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.

As many 2020 events have been cancelled or moved online, please check the festival's website for the latest information.

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  • Literary Festival, Uist, November

    A festival celebrating Uist's literature.

  • Literary Festival, Glasgow, May

    The Aye Write! and Wee Write! book festivals take place in Glasgow.

  • Literary Festival, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, October

    Just a few miles over the Border with Scotland, so we've included it in our list!

  • 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.

  • Literary Festival, Dumfries, March, April

    Named after Nana, the big dog who looked after the children in Peter Pan, Big DoG is an exciting family festival in Dumfries in March.

  • Literary Festival, Gatehouse of Fleet, May

    A spring book festival in Gatehouse of Fleet.

  • Literary Festival, Birnam, Dunkeld, May

    The Birnam Book Festival celebrates local literary heritage and modern writing of all kinds – novels to non-fiction, children’s books, poetry, and brand new releases.

  • Literary Festival, Stirling, September

    Scotland's international crime writing festival takes place in a number of venues in Central Stirling each September.

  • Literary Festival, Edinburgh, August

    Book Fringe - a partnership between the Lighthouse and Golden Hare bookshops - is a burgeoning free festival that takes place in Edinburgh in August and celebrates books, bookshops and communities.

  • Literary Festival, Scotland, various locations, November

    Book Week Scotland is a nationwide week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.