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02 April 2020

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.

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  • Literary Festival, Mallaig, October, November

  • Literary Festival, Uist, November

    A new festival celebrating Uist's literature during Book Week Scotland.

  • Literary Festival, Glasgow, March

    Glasgow's Aye Write! and Wee Write! book festivals run in March every year.

  • Literary Festival, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, October

    Just a few miles over the Border with Scotland, so we've included it in our list! The 2019 festival will take place from 17 to 20 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 2019 festival will take place at Traquair House, Innerleithen, on 24 and 25 August.

  • 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

    The 2019 festival will run in Gatehouse of Fleet from 2 to 5 May.

  • Literary Festival, Birnam, November

    The 2018 inaugural launch of Birnam Book Festival celebrated 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. The 2019 festival will take place from 20 to 22 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.