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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 the Western Isles to Aberdeen.

We aim to collate a full, up-to-date list of all the book festivals taking place in Scotland 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
JANUARY21 Jan - 9 Feb 2020Burns&Beyond@burnsandbeyondburnsandbeyond.com
24-26 Jan 2020Further From Festival
Linlithgow
@Furtherfromwebsite
FEBRUARY13-16 Feb 2020Winter Words Festival
Pitlochry
@PITLOCHRYftwebsite
20-23 Feb 2020Granite Noir
Aberdeen
@GraniteNoirFest
#GraniteNoirFest
granitenoir.com
20-29 Feb 2020Paisley Book Festival @BookPaisleytbc
22 Feb 2020Hooked
Dumfries
@wigwambookfestWebsite
MARCH4-8 Mar 2020StAnza Poetry Festival
Scotland's International Poetry Festival, St Andrews
@StAnzaPoetry
#StAnza20
stanza poetry.org
5-7 Mar 2020Small Print Children's Book Festival
from Off the Page, Stirling
Facebook page
7 Mar 2020Wee Write!@AyeWrite
ayewrite.com/weewrite
CALLED OFF 12-29 Mar 2020AyeWrite!
Glasgow's Book Festival
@AyeWrite
ayewrite.com
14-15 Mar 2020Write By The Sea
Argyll
@secret_coastwritebythesea.co.uk
APRILCANCELLED 3-5 Apr 2020Big Bang Weekend 2020
Wigtown
Website
6-9 Apr 2020British Wildlife Book Festival
Grantown-on-Spey
@BookWildlifebritishwildlifebookfestival.com
POSTPONED 16-19 April 2019BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway
biglit.org
CANCELLED 18-19 Apr 2020Glasgow Zine Fest@GlasgowZineLibGlasgow Zine Fest
POSTPONED 23-26 Apr 2020John O'Groat's Book FestivalFacebook page
CANCELLED 24-26 Apr 2020Big DoG Children's Book Festival
Wigtown
@BigDog_Fest
CANCELLED 25 & 26 Apr2020Colonsay Book Festival@ColonsayBookFes
#CBF20
colonsaybookfestival.org.uk
tbcSoutar Festival of WordsWebsite
MAYPOSTPONED (8-10 May) to 9-11 Oct 2020Boswell Book Festival
Dumfries House, Ayrshire
@bozzyfest
boswellbookfestival.co.uk
CANCELLED 8-10 May 2020 - Ullapool Book Festival
Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands
@UllapoolBookFesullapoolbookfestival.co.uk
8-24 May 2020Southside Fringe Festival
Glasgow's Southside
@KeepItSouth
southsidefringe.com
18-22 May 2020Open the Door digital festival
from Glasgow Women's Library
@womenslibraryOpen the Door
tbcConnect with Nature
at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
@BotanicsStoriesstories.rbge.org.uk/archives/28605
22-24 May 2020Coastword
Dunbar
@CoastWordFest

coastward.co.uk
tbcMay Festival
University of Aberdeen
abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival
JUNECANCELLED 5-7 June 2020Cymera Book Festival@CymeraFcymerafestival.co.uk
11-14 June 2020Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival
Melrose
@BordersBookFest
#bordersbookfest20
bordersbookfestival.org
JULY1-5 July 2020East Neuk Festival @EastNeukFest
#ENF20
eastneukfestival.com
4 July 2020Glasgow Comic Con
Scotland's Comic Book Festival
@glasgowcomiccon
glasgowcomiccon.com
tbcScot Lit Fest
Scotland's virtual book festival presented by Saltire Society
@scotlitfest
#scotlitfest
scotlitfest.scot
AUGUSTtbcGovanhill International Festival and Carnival
(Glasgow's Southside)
@GovanhillBathsgovanhillbaths.com/festival
tbcBute Noir
Crime Writing Festival
Isle of Bute
@ButeNoir
#butenoir
butenoir.co.uk
tbcBook Fringe@BookFringebookfringe.com
7-16 Aug 2020Fringe by the Sea
North Berwick
@fringebythesea2
fringebythesea.com
15-31 Aug 2020
Edinburgh International Book Festival@edbookfest
#edbookfest
edbookfest.co.uk
tbcScotlandsFest
at Edinburgh Fringe, from Luath Press
@LuathPressScotlandsFest
27-30 Aug 2020Islay Book Festival@islaybookfestislaybookfestival.co.uk
29 & 30 Aug 2020Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought
@BeyondBorders__
beyondbordersscotland.com
29 & 30th Aug 2020Three Lochs Book & Arts Festival
Strontian
threelochs.co.uk
Aug/SEPTEMBER29 Aug - 13 Sept 2020McLellan Art Festival, Arran
Celebrating late great Scottish dramatist and short story writer Robert McLellan
arrantheatreandarts.co.uk/mclellan-festival
tbcSkye Book Festival@SkyeBookFest
skyebookfestival.co.uk
tbcSpirit of Moray Book Festival
Elgin
@librariesmoray
#SpiritofMoray
1-6 Sept 2020Outwith Festival
Dunfermline
@outwithfestival
#weareoutwith
outwithfestival.co.uk
8-13 Sept 2020Nairn Book & Arts Festival
Inverness
@Nairn_Festival
nairnfestival.co.uk
18-20 Sept 2020Bloody Scotland
Scotland's international crime writing festival, Stirling
@BloodyScotland
#bloodyscotland
bloodyscotland.com
tbcWords of War Book Festival
The Black Watch Castle & Museum, Perth
theblackwatch.co.uk/events/words-of-war-book-festival
25-27 Sept 2020Tidelines
Irvine, North Ayrshire
@TidelinesFest
tidelinesbookfest.com
25 Sep - 4 Oct 2020Wigtown Book Festival
Scotland's national book town's literary festival
@WigtownBookFest
#wigtown
wigtownbookfestival.com
tbcBookends
Benderloch, Oban
Facebook
OCTOBERtbcImprint Book Festival
East Ayrshire
Website
tbc Oct 2020Ness Book Fest
Inverness
@NessBookFest1
nessbookfest.co.uk
2-4 Oct 2020Bookmark
Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens, Perth & Kinross
@bookmarkblair
bookmarkblair.com
9-11 Oct 2020Boswell Book Festival
Dumfries House, Ayrshire
@bozzyfest
boswellbookfestival.co.uk
15-18 Oct 2020Berwick Literary Festival
Northumberland
@BerwickLitFest
berwickliteraryfestival.com
tbc Oct 2020Word on the Street - Dingwall's October Art Festivalword-on-the-street.weebly.com
tbc 2020Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Edinburgh
@ScotStoryCentre
sisf.org.uk
23-25 Oct 2020West Over Sea - Tobermory Book Festival@TobermoryBookF1Westoversea.co.uk
tbcOrkney Storytelling Festival@OrkneyStoForkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk
tbcFaclan Hebridean Book Festival
An Lanntair, Stornoway
@anlanntair
lanntair.com/creative-programme/faclan
tbcTarbert Book Festival
Argyll
@TarbertBookFesttarbertbookfestival.org
NOVEMBERtbcWordplay
Shetland Arts' annual book festival
@ShetlandArtswww.shetlandarts.org
6-8 Nov 2020A Write Highland Hoolie!
Mallaig's Book Festival
@WriteHoolie
a-write-highland-hoolie.com
13 Nov 2020Robert Louis Stevenson Day
Annual week of events in Edinburgh and online in run up to RLS' birthday on 13 Nov
#RLSDay
tbc Nov 2020Book Week Scotland @BookWeekScotbookweekscotland.com
16-22 Nov 2020Uist Book FestivalFacebookuistbookfestival.org
tbc Nov 2020Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival
Argyll & Bute
@coveburghhall
coveburghhall.org.uk
tbcScotland's Winter Festivals@Scotlandscotland.org/events/winter-festivals