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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
FEBRUARY2-18 Feb 2018Winter Words Festival
Pitlochry
@PITLOCHRYftpitlochryfestivaltheatre.com
2-4 Feb 2018Further From Festival
Linlithgow
@Furtherfrommaddingcrowdlinlithgow.com
2019 - 22-24 FebGranite Noir
Aberdeen
@GraniteNoirFest
#GraniteNoirFest
aberdeenperformingarts.com/granitenoir
24 Feb 2018Crime at the Castle
Glamis Castle
Programme
MARCH3-4 Mar 2018Wee Write!@AyeWrite
ayewrite.com/weewrite
7-11 Mar 2018StAnza Poetry Festival
Scotland's International Poetry Festival, St Andrews
@StAnzaPoetry
#StAnza18
stanza poetry.org
15-25 Mar 2018Aye Write!
Glasgow's Book Festival
@AyeWrite
ayewrite.com
23-25 Mar 2018Big DoG Children's Book Festival
Wigtown
@BigDog_Fest
Big DoG Festival PDF
APRIL19-22 Apr 2018BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway
biglit.org
14-15 Apr 2018Glasgow Zine Fest@GlasgowZineFestglasgowzinefest.com
26 Apr - 6 May 2018TradFest
Annual showcase of TRACS tradition arts and culture Scotland, Edinburgh
@TradFestEd
tracscotland.org
28 & 29 April 2018Colonsay Book Festival@ColonsayBookFes
#CBF18
colonsaybookfestival.org.uk
MAY4-6 May 2018Boswell Book Festival
Dumfries House, Ayrshire
@bozzyfest
boswellbookfestival.co.uk
8-19 May 2018Booked! West Dunbartonshire Festival of Words@wdclibrariesTickets
11-13 May 2018Ullapool Book Festival
Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands
@UllapoolBookFesullapoolbookfestival.co.uk
11-27 May 2018Southside Fringe Festival
Glasgow's Southside
@KeepItSouth
southsidefringe.com
12-19 May 2018Off the Page
Stirling
@CultureStirling
culturestirling.org/off-the-page/
17-19 MayBooked! ReimagiNation: Glenrothes@edbookfest
booked.edbookfest.co.uk
18-20 May 2018Coastword
Dunbar
@CoastWordFest

coastward.co.uk
tbcMay Festival
University of Aberdeen
abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival
JUNE14-17 June 2018Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival
Melrose
@BordersBookFest
#bordersbookfest18
bordersbookfestival.org
27 Jun - 1 Jul 2018East Neuk Festival @EastNeukFest
#ENF2018
eastneukfestival.com
30 June 2018Glasgow 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
AUGUST3-5 Aug 2018Bute Noir
Crime Writing Festival
Isle of Bute
@ButeNoir
#butenoir
butenoir.co.uk
3-12 Aug 2018Fringe by the Sea
North Berwick
@fringebythesea2
fringebythesea.com
11-27 Aug 2018
Edinburgh International Book Festival@edbookfest
#edbookfest
edbookfest.co.uk
2019 - 24 Aug - 1 SeptIslay Book Festival@islaybookfestislaybookfestival.co.uk
25 & 26 Aug 2018Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought
@BeyondBorders__
beyondbordersscotland.com
31 Aug - 9 Sept 2018McLellan Art Festival, Arran
Celebrating late great Scottish dramatist and short story writer Robert McLellan
arrantheatreandarts.co.uk/mclellan-festival
SEPTEMBER6-8 Sept 2018Skye Book Festival@SkyeBookFest
skyebookfestival.co.uk
10-15 Sept 2018Spirit of Moray Book Festival
Elgin
@librariesmoray
#SpiritofMoray
11-16 Sept 2018Nairn Book & Arts Festival
Inverness
@Nairn_Festival
nairnfestival.co.uk
21-23 Sept 2018Bloody Scotland
Scotland's international crime writing festival, Stirling
@BloodyScotland
#bloodyscotland
bloodyscotland.com
21-30 Sep 2018Wigtown Book Festival
Scotland's national book town's literary festival
@WigtownBookFest
#wigtown
wigtownbookfestival.com
22-29 Sept 2018Bookends
Benderloch, Oban
Facebook
28-29 Sep 2018Three Lochs Book & Arts Festival
Strontian
threelochs.co.uk
28-30 Sept 2018Tidelines
Irvine, North Ayrshire
@TidelinesFest
tidelinesbookfest.com
tbcByres Road Book Festival
Glasgow's West End
@byresrdbookfestbyresroadbookfestival.com
OCTOBERtbcImprint Book Festival
East Ayrshire
4-7 Oct 2018Ness Book Fest
Inverness
@NessBookFest1
nessbookfest.wordpress.com
5-7 Oct 2018Bookmark
Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens, Perth & Kinross
@bookmarkblair
bookmarkblair.com
19-21 Oct 2018Berwick Literary Festival@BerwickLitFest
berwickliteraryfestival.com
19-31 Oct 2018Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Edinburgh
@ScotStoryCentre
scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk
25-28 Oct 2018Orkney Storytelling Festival@OrkneyStoForkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk
tbcFaclan Hebridean Book Festival
An Lanntair, Stornoway
@anlanntair
lanntair.com
tbcTarbert Book Festival
Argyll
@TarbertBookFesttarbertbookfestival.org
NOVEMBERtbcWordplay
Shetland Arts' annual book festival
@ShetlandArtswww.shetlandarts.org
9-11 Nov 2018A Write Highland Hoolie!
Mallaig's Book Festival
@WriteHoolie
a-write-highland-hoolie.com
13 Nov 2018Robert Louis Stevenson Day
Annual week of events in Edinburgh and online in run up to RLS' birthday on 13 Nov
#RLSDay
24-25 nov 2018Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival
Argyll & Bute
@coveburghhall
coveburghhall.org.uk
24 Nov 2018 (& 1-2 Dec below)Dreams for the Future
Dumfries
@PPMBTpeterpanmoatbrae.org
19-25 Nov 2018Book Week Scotland
Scotland-wide, brought to you by Scottish Book Trust
@BookWeekScotbookweekscotland.com
tbcScottish Storytelling Centre Winter Festival@ScotStoryCentrebookweekscotland.com" rel="noopener" target="_blank">scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk
DECEMBER1-2 Dec 2018Dreams for the Future
Dumfries
@PPMBTpeterpanmoatbrae.org