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Find a Book Festival

Scotland is a nation of readers and boasts more than 50 book and literary festivals held throughout the year from Stornoway to the Scottish Borders and from Skye to Aberdeen.

We aim to collate a full, up-to-date list of all the book festivals so please let us know if there are any events that should be included or details to be updated via email on admin@literaturealliancescotland.co.uk or on Twitter @LitScotland.

Happy reading around the nation!

 

Book Festivals in Scotland

MONTHDATEEVENTTWITTERWEBSITE
JANUARY19 & 25-27 Jan 2019Further From Festival
Linlithgow
@Furtherfrom
22-27 Jan 2019Burns&Beyond@burnsandbeyondburnsandbeyond.com
FEBRUARY14-17 Feb 2019Winter Words Festival
Pitlochry
@PITLOCHRYftpitlochryfestivaltheatre.com
22-24 Feb 2019Granite Noir
Aberdeen
@GraniteNoirFest
#GraniteNoirFest
aberdeenperformingarts.com/granitenoir
MARCH2 Mar 2019Wee Write!@AyeWrite
ayewrite.com/weewrite
6-10 Mar 2019StAnza Poetry Festival
Scotland's International Poetry Festival, St Andrews
@StAnzaPoetry
#StAnza19
stanza poetry.org
14-31 Mar 2019Aye Write!
Glasgow's Book Festival
@AyeWrite
ayewrite.com
29-31 Mar 2019Big DoG Children's Book Festival
Wigtown
@BigDog_Fest
Big DoG programme
APRIL5-7 Apr 2019John O'Groat's Book FestivalFacebook page
19-21 Apr 2019Glasgow Zine Fest target="_blank">@GlasgowZineFest
#gzf
Glasgow Zine Fest
26-28 Apr 2019Soutar Festival of Wordsculturepk.org.uk/whats-on/soutar-festival/
26 Apr - 6 May 2019TradFest
Annual showcase of TRACS tradition arts and culture Scotland, Edinburgh
@TradFestEd
edinburghtradfest.com
27 & 28 April 2019Colonsay Book Festival@ColonsayBookFes
#CBF19
colonsaybookfestival.org.uk
MAY2-5 May 2019BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway
biglit.org
10-12 May 2019Boswell Book Festival
Dumfries House, Ayrshire
@bozzyfest
boswellbookfestival.co.uk
10-12 May 2019Ullapool Book Festival
Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands
@UllapoolBookFesullapoolbookfestival.co.uk
10-26 May 2019Southside Fringe Festival
Glasgow's Southside
@KeepItSouth
southsidefringe.com
17-18 May 2019Open the Door festival
at Glasgow Women's Library
@womenslibraryOpen the Door
tbcOff the Page
Stirling
@CultureStirling
culturestirling.org/off-the-page/
19 & 20 May 2019Connect with Nature
at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
@BotanicsStoriesstories.rbge.org.uk/archives/28605
24-26 May 2019Coastword
Dunbar
@CoastWordFest

coastward.co.uk
24-26 May 2019May Festival
University of Aberdeen
abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival
JUNE7-9 June 2019Cymera Book Festival@CymeraFcymerafestival.co.uk
13-16 June 2019Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival
Melrose
@BordersBookFest
#bordersbookfest19
bordersbookfestival.org
26-30 June 2019East Neuk Festival @EastNeukFest
#ENF2019
eastneukfestival.com
29 June 2019Glasgow Comic Con
Scotland's Comic Book Festival
@glasgowcomiccon
glasgowcomiccon.com
JULYtbcScot Lit Fest
Scotland's virtual book festival presented by Saltire Society
@scotlitfest
#scotlitfest
scotlitfest.scot
AUGUST2-4 Aug 2019Bute Noir
Crime Writing Festival
Isle of Bute
@ButeNoir
#butenoir
Facebook page
2-11 Aug 2019Fringe by the Sea
North Berwick
@fringebythesea2
fringebythesea.com
3-28 Aug 2019Book Fringe@Golden Hare Books
@Lighthousebks
bookfringe.com
10-26 Aug 2019
Edinburgh International Book Festival@edbookfest
#edbookfest
edbookfest.co.uk
19-25 Aug 2019ScotlandsFest
at Edinburgh Fringe, from Luath Press
@LuathPressScotlandsFest
24 & 25 Aug 2019Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought
@BeyondBorders__
beyondbordersscotland.com
29 Aug - 1 Sept 2019Islay Book Festival@islaybookfestislaybookfestival.co.uk
30 Aug - 14 Sept 2019McLellan Art Festival, Arran
Celebrating late great Scottish dramatist and short story writer Robert McLellan
arrantheatreandarts.co.uk/mclellan-festival
SEPTEMBERtbcSkye Book Festival@SkyeBookFest
skyebookfestival.co.uk
tbcSpirit of Moray Book Festival
Elgin
@librariesmoray
#SpiritofMoray
10-15 Sept 2019Nairn Book & Arts Festival
Inverness
@Nairn_Festival
nairnfestival.co.uk
20-22 Sept 2019Bloody Scotland
Scotland's international crime writing festival, Stirling
@BloodyScotland
#bloodyscotland
bloodyscotland.com
26-29 Sept 2019Tidelines
Irvine, North Ayrshire
@TidelinesFest
tidelinesbookfest.com
27 Sep - 6 Oct 2019Wigtown Book Festival
Scotland's national book town's literary festival
@WigtownBookFest
#wigtown
wigtownbookfestival.com
tbcBookends
Benderloch, Oban
Facebook
tbcThree Lochs Book & Arts Festival
Strontian
threelochs.co.uk
tbcByres Road Book Festival
Glasgow's West End
@byresrdbookfestbyresroadbookfestival.com
OCTOBERtbcImprint Book Festival
East Ayrshire
3-5 Oct 2019Ness Book Fest
Inverness
@NessBookFest1
nessbookfest.wordpress.com
tbcBookmark
Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens, Perth & Kinross
@bookmarkblair
bookmarkblair.com
17-20 Oct 2019Berwick Literary Festival
Northumberland
@BerwickLitFest
berwickliteraryfestival.com
18-31 Oct 2019Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Edinburgh
@ScotStoryCentre
scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk
tbcOrkney Storytelling Festival@OrkneyStoForkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk
tbcFaclan Hebridean Book Festival
An Lanntair, Stornoway
@anlanntair
anntair.com/creative-programme/faclan
tbcTarbert Book Festival
Argyll
@TarbertBookFesttarbertbookfestival.org
NOVEMBERtbcWordplay
Shetland Arts' annual book festival
@ShetlandArtswww.shetlandarts.org
8-10 Nov 2019A Write Highland Hoolie!
Mallaig's Book Festival
@WriteHoolie
a-write-highland-hoolie.com
13 Nov 2019Robert Louis Stevenson Day
Annual week of events in Edinburgh and online in run up to RLS' birthday on 13 Nov
#RLSDay
18-24 Nov 2019Book Week Scotland @BookWeekScotbookweekscotland.com
18-24 Nov 2019Uist Book FestivalFacebookuistbookfestival.org
tbcCove and Kilcreggan Book Festival
Argyll & Bute
@coveburghhall
coveburghhall.org.uk
tbcScotland's Winter Festivals@Scotlandscotland.org/events/winter-festivals