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Boswell Book Festival events are now over for 2022, except for schools’ events which are available to view on demand until 30 June

The online schools' events are free. Registration required.

Boswell Schools Festival Events

Boswell Schools Festival Events

Digital Schools Programme
View on-demand from Monday 9 May. All events are free and will be available until 30 June 2022.

Jo Hall and Jojo the Gnome / Nursery to P2
Francesca Simon and the Worst Vikings in the Village / Primary 1-3
Marit Törnqvist and David Colmer: You Are the Loveliest / Primary 2-5
Rosalind Sydney and True Stories of Fairytale Objects / Primary 4-7
Gill Arbuthnott: Microbe Wars / Primary 4-7
Joan Haig & Joan Lennon: Talking Histories / Primary 6 to S2
Emma Carroll and The Week at World’s End / Primary 6 to S2
Jeffrey Boakye presents Musical Truth: A Musical History of Modern Black Britain in 28 Songs / S2-S6
IT'S UP TO US: A Children's Terra Carta for Nature, People and Planet by Christopher Lloyd / Ideal for all ages 6 – 106
My Friend Selma with Victoria Beesley Episode 1 and 2 / Primary 4-7
An Amazing Illustrated Atlas of Scotland with David MacPhail / Primary 4-7 Available from 13 May
Creating an Illustrated Atlas of Scotland with David MacPhail / Primary 7-S2 Available from 13 May

My Friend Selma with Victoria Beesley: Ep. 1 & 2

Thanks to everyone who attended this year's festival!

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Next year's dates for your diary - 12-14 May


From 1 June both the live and online festivals will sadly be over for another year. We would be interested to hear from anyone who attended in person, or who watched online events, so please take a few minutes to help us gather feedback by completing our survey and sharing your experiences.

We are continually learning year on year how best to run the Festival and your feedback plays a vital role.  

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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.

Find out more and view 2021 highlights

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.

Find out more and view 2021 highlights

We were very grateful for the many donations received in support of the online events in 2021.

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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.

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