Boswell Book Festival To Celebrate Its 10th Year

The world’s only book festival dedicated to biography and memoir returns, bigger and better…


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Boswell Book Festival’s 10th annual event prepares to take over Dumfries House in Ayrshire once again, from May 8-10.

Set in the beautifully restored house, saved for the nation by HRH the Prince of Wales, this is the world’s only festival dedicated to one of the most treasured and popular genres, biography and memoir. The festival was original founded to celebrate the life and work of the great writer and long recognised inventor of modern biography, James Boswell of Auchinleck.

The full programme and the children’s programme will be announced on March 18. True to the eclectic nature of the Festival, it will encompass many diverse and rich life stories told by some of the festival’s greatest biographers, writers and performers.


Boswell Book Festival Dumfries House, Ayrshire


Boswell Book Festival has a wealth of stories from the past ten years from our fantastic array of authors and personalities who we have hosted at the festival. Some of the memorable names include Kate Adie, Judi Dench, Philippe Sands, Jung Chang, Alan Johnson, Joanna Lumley, Susan Calman, Matthew Parris, Simon Sebag Montefiore, John Byrne, Andrew O’Hagan and so many more. And for the Children’s programme we have enjoyed many of the great writers and illustrators working today including Nick Sharratt, Kjartan Poskitt and Debi Gliori.

Caroline Knox, Director of the Boswell Book Festival says, “Celebrating 10 years this May during which the Festival has grown up into a major cultural event but lost none of its youthful vigour or intimacy, I eagerly anticipate this year’s line-up of stimulating and entertaining speakers.

I couldn’t put it better than one visitor last year; ‘This wonderful festival is redolent of purpose, dedication, engagement, energy, intelligence and FUN’. Roll on the next decade.”



For more information and updated programme, visit the festival website CLICK HERE >>