Boswell Book Festival

Boswell Book Festival

The World's only Festival of Biography and Memoir

The Boswell Book Festival is a great example of an event that mixes Scottish history and tradition, with contemporary culture and an iconic setting to create something really special for visitors.” Event Scotland

BBC Scotland's Janice Forsyth calls the Festival "a major Scottish cultural event". We are happy to agree!

Named after the Ayrshire writer James Boswell, the inventor of modern biography, the Festival is staged by The Boswell Trust, a Scottish registered charity whose Trustees include the senior direct descendant Margaret Boswell Eliott. 

"I am so delighted," she says, "on behalf of my brilliant ancestor, James Boswell, that this Festival which shines the spotlight on him continues to grow and develop in interesting ways. Roll on this year's Festival which promises to be a feast of gossip, literature and debate which my ancestor would have relished."

The programme for the Festival, which in the past has attracted stars such as John Sessions, Bill Paterson, John Byrne, Sally Magnusson, Kirsty Wark, James Naughtie, Kate Adie and Tam Dalyell, will be announced mid-March.

The Boswell Trust

The Boswell Trust is established for the promotion of heritage, literary arts and education, specifically the restoration of James Boswell's mausoleum in Auchinleck churchyard and the creation of a visitor attraction in the adjoining Boswell aisle. Trustees: James Knox (Chairman), Peter Kennerley, Margaret Boswell Eliott, Caroline Knox, Gillian Watson, Dr. William Zachs.

Click here to learn more about the Boswell Trust.