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Still time to catch this year's talks!

A huge thank you to everyone who attended and played a part in this year's Boswell Book Festival, either in person or online. 

If, like us, you are suffering from withdrawal symptoms it is still possible to dip in to some talks you missed by buying tickets to watch online. 

Individual talks are £5 while the Rover Pass which gives access to them all is £35.

Talks can be viewed until 30 May 2024. 

Thanks also to all who completed our survey onsite over the weekend.  

If you too would like to comment we would be very grateful as feedback helps us plan for next year. To take our online survey, and be in with a chance of winning free 2025 tickets, click on the link below. 


Everyone completing a survey will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win two tickets to the Opening Night event for 2025.

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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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If you wish to support the festival going forwards, please use the donate button.


We are indebted to all who have supported the Boswell Book Festival over the past ten years in so many different ways. It is only with the help of so many loyal supporters that the Festival has achieved recognition as a cultural event of national importance.