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Happy New Year!

If you haven’t put the dates in your diary yet for this year’s Festival, please add them now. 10-12 May 2024.

We were so appreciative of the hugely positive feedback from so many of you after last year’s festival and we are working hard towards the creation of another wide-ranging, stimulating and entertaining programme for all ages in 2024. 

Over the years the support of Boswell Book Festival Friends, Patrons and Sponsors has allowed us to welcome thousands of visitors to our exceptional festival weekends and is vital to help us stage another year’s festival, so please consider signing up this year. You will also get ahead of the crowd in obtaining the tickets you want for any sell-out events. 

With a largely volunteer team we make sure any money raised is used to make the festival affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. 

If you, your company or organisation would like to explore the benefits of sponsorship at the same time as helping to keep the Boswell Book Festival alive (from a simple advertisement to a longer-term partnership), contact us and let’s have a chat.

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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.

Trust – free non-fiction magazine from Baillie Gifford

Baillie Gifford is a long-term supporter of the festival and other literary events around the UK.

Trust magazine is full of insightful articles exploring the ideas transforming how we live and work.

Find out about the sources of disruption in our fast-changing world from features about pioneering companies and conversations with visionary authors. You can also access regular book-related giveaways and hear from the winners of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction.

Read Trust online