Festival Moves Online

New dates: 10-16 June 2021

Join us from home to take part in our first virtual edition as we go global

With speakers such as Lady Anne Glenconner, Charlie Gilmour, Fredrik Logevall, Simon Heffer, Kapka Kassabova and Rory Stewart already confirmed, don’t miss out on what promises to be a standout Boswellian occasion.

To join the fun please sign up below and you will receive a programme in late April along with programme news. Those already on our mailing list will automatically receive a programme at the same time. For the Schools programme sign up here.

Rather than charge for talks, we will rely on your generosity to help finance the Festival which is run by a charity.

About the Boswell Book Festival

The world’s only festival of biography and memoir, normally set in the spectacular grounds of Dumfries House, draws an enthusiastic audience attracted by its unique theme.

Inspired by the great Ayrshire biographer James Boswell of Auchinleck, at the heart of the Festival is a programme of stories taken from the inspirational lives of people past and present - told through talks, drama, art and music.

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Children's Festival

Why is it so important to children to tell our stories?

Stories connect the past and present to the future and learning these stories is what can awaken future generations to their potential.

Through the Festival, the Boswell Trust engages with primary and secondary schools across Ayrshire and beyond.

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Schools - please register here for the Schools Festival

We Need You!

Help us through the current crisis

Please consider making a donation to support the Festival


Your support is especially needed at this time when the events we hold cannot generate the income on which we usually depend. Any donation, however small, would be hugely appreciated as we develop our online festival for 2021.