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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
JANUARYtbc 2021Burns&Beyond@burnsandbeyondburnsandbeyond.com
tbc 2021Further From Festival
Linlithgow
@Furtherfromwebsite
FEBRUARY18-27 Feb 2021Paisley Book Festival @BookPaisleypaisleybookfest.com
19-21 Feb 2021Granite Noir Online
Aberdeen
@GraniteNoirFest
#GraniteNoirFest
granitenoir.com
25 Feb 2021A Gray Daygrayday.info
tbcWinter Words Festival
Pitlochry
@PITLOCHRYftwebsite
MARCH 3-6 Mar 2021Big Bang Weekend 2021
Wigtown
6-7 Mar 2021Write By The Sea
Argyll
@secret_coastwritebythesea.co.uk
6-14 Mar 2021StAnza Poetry Festival
Scotland's International Poetry Festival, St Andrews
@StAnzaPoetry
#StAnza20
stanza poetry.org
10-14 Mar 2021Hooked
Wigtown
Facebook page
22-28 Mar 2021Big DoG Children's Book Festival
Wigtown
@BigDog_Fest
Facebook page
end Mar 2021British Wildlife Book Festival
Grantown-on-Spey
@BookWildlife@BookWildlife
tbc Mar 2021Southside Fringe 'Plugged In & Wired'
Glasgow's Southside
@KeepItSouth
southsidefringe.com
tbc 2021Small Print Children's Book Festival
from Off the Page, Stirling
Facebook page
tbc 2021Wee Write!@AyeWrite
ayewrite.com/weewrite
tbc 2021AyeWrite!
Glasgow's Book Festival
@AyeWrite
ayewrite.com
APRILtbc 2021BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway
biglit.org
tbc 2021Glasgow Zine Fest@GlasgowZineLibGlasgow Zine Fest
tbc 2021John O'Groat's Book FestivalFacebook page
tbc 2021Colonsay Book Festival@ColonsayBookFes
#CBF20
colonsaybookfestival.org.uk
tbcSoutar Festival of WordsWebsite
MAYtbc 2021Boswell Book Festival
Dumfries House, Ayrshire
@bozzyfest
boswellbookfestival.co.uk
7-9 May 2021Ullapool Book Festival
Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands
@UllapoolBookFesullapoolbookfestival.co.uk
tbc 2021Open the Door digital festival
from Glasgow Women's Library
@womenslibraryOpen the Door
tbc 2021Connect with Nature
at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
@BotanicsStoriesstories.rbge.org.uk/archives/28605
tbc 2021Coastword
Dunbar
@CoastWordFest

coastword.co.uk
tbc 2021May Festival
University of Aberdeen
abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival
JUNEtbc 2021Cymera Book Festival@CymeraFcymerafestival.co.uk
JULY1-4 July 2021East Neuk Festival @EastNeukFest
#ENF21
eastneukfestival.com
tbc 2021Glasgow 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
tbc 2021Govanhill International Festival and Carnival
(Glasgow's Southside)
@GovanhillBathsgovanhillbaths.com/festival
July 30-1 Aug 2021Bute Noir
Crime Writing Festival
Isle of Bute
@ButeNoir
#butenoir
butenoir.co.uk
AUGUSTtbc 2021Book Fringe@BookFringebookfringe.com
6-15 Aug 2021Fringe by the Sea
North Berwick
@fringebythesea2
fringebythesea.com
14-30 Aug 2021Edinburgh International Book Festival@edbookfest
#edbookfest
edbookfest.co.uk
tbcScotlandsFest
at Edinburgh Fringe, from Luath Press
@LuathPressScotlandsFest
tbc 2021Islay Book Festival@islaybookfestislaybookfestival.co.uk
tbc 2021Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought
@BeyondBorders__
beyondbordersscotland.com
26 Aug-5 Sep 2021McLellan Art Festival, Arran
Celebrating late great Scottish dramatist and short story writer Robert McLellan
arrantheatreandarts.co.uk/mclellan-festival
28 & 29 Aug 2021Three Lochs Book & Arts Festival
Strontian
threelochs.co.uk
SEPTEMBERtbc 2021Spirit of Moray Book Festival
Elgin
@librariesmoray
#SpiritofMoray
tbc 2021Outwith Festival
Dunfermline
@outwithfestival
#weareoutwith
outwithfestival.co.uk
4-12 Sep 2021Nairn Book & Arts Festival
Inverness
@Nairn_Festival
nairnfestival.co.uk
15-19 Sep 2021Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival
@BordersBookFest
#bordersbookfest21
bordersbookfestival.org
17-19 Sep 2021
Bloody Scotland
Scotland's international crime writing festival, Stirling
@BloodyScotland
#bloodyscotland
bloodyscotland.com
tbc 2021Words of War Book Festival
The Black Watch Castle & Museum, Perth
theblackwatch.co.uk/events/words-of-war-book-festival
tbc 2021Tidelines
Irvine, North Ayrshire
@TidelinesFest
tidelinesbookfest.com
tbc 2021Wigtown Book Festival
Scotland's national book town's literary festival
@WigtownBookFest
#wigtown
wigtownbookfestival.com
tbc 2021Bookends
Benderloch, Oban
Facebook
OCTOBERtbc 2021Imprint Book Festival
East Ayrshire
Website
tbc 2021Ness Book Fest
Inverness
@NessBookFest1
nessbookfest.co.uk
1-3 Oct 2021Bookmark Book Festival,
Blairgowrie
@bookmarkblair
bookmarkblair.com
tbc 2021Boswell Book Festival
Dumfries House, Ayrshire
@bozzyfest
boswellbookfestival.co.uk
14-17 Oct 2021Berwick Literary Festival
Northumberland
@BerwickLitFest
berwickliteraryfestival.com
tbc 2021Word "off" the Street - Dingwall's October Art Festivalword-on-the-street.weebly.com
tbc 2021Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Edinburgh
@ScotStoryCentre
sisf.org.uk
29-31 Oct 2021West Over Sea - Tobermory Book Festival@TobermoryBookF1Westoversea.co.uk
tbc 2021Orkney Storytelling Festival@OrkneyStoForkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk
tbc 2021Faclan Hebridean Book Festival
An Lanntair, Stornoway
@anlanntair
lanntair.com/creative-programme/faclan
tbc 2021Tarbert Book Festival
Argyll
@TarbertBookFesttarbertbookfestival.org
NOVEMBERtbc 2021Wordplay
Shetland Arts' annual book festival
@ShetlandArtswww.shetlandarts.org
12-14 Nov 2021A Write Highland Hoolie!
Mallaig's Book Festival
@WriteHoolie
a-write-highland-hoolie.com
13 Nov 2021Robert Louis Stevenson Day
Annual week of events in Edinburgh and online in run up to RLS' birthday on 13 Nov
#RLSDay
tbc 2021Book Week Scotland @BookWeekScotbookweekscotland.com
tbc 2021Uist Book FestivalFacebookuistbookfestival.org
tbc 2021Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival
Argyll & Bute
@coveburghhall
coveburghhall.org.uk