Book & Literary Festivals

Here is our list of books and literary festivals in Scotland, which is something that you cannot miss out during your trip to Scotland.

PBFA Book Fair - Glasgow

Antiquarian and secondhand Books, Maps and Prints offered for sale by dealers from all over the UK.

Bard in the Botanics

Scotland's biggest and best-loved festival of ShakespeareBard in the Botanics


The only regular festival dedicated to poetry in Scotland, StAnza is international in outlook and now widely recognised as a major poetry festival in the UK and in Europe.

Aye Write

Aye Write, Glasgow's book festival  to be held from 14th to 22nd March 2014 is one of the leading literary festivals in the UK.

PBFA Glasgow Book Fair

Antiquarian and secondhand Books, Maps and Prints offered for sale by dealers from all over the UK.

Boswell Book Festival

Boswell Book Festival will be held in May 2014 at Auchinleck House, by Auchinleck

Traquair Shakespeare Festival

Step back to Shakespearean times and enjoy jousting, archery, falconry, living history displays, jesters and other Elizabethan pursuits as well as enjoying theatre and early music throughout the weekend.

Borders Book Festival

The Borders Book Festival to be held in the National Trust's Georgian Harmony Garden, will bring together many eminent literary figures, this year including Iain Banks, Kathy Lette, Hilary Mantel and Ian Rankin among others.

Edinburgh Book Fringe

The Edinburgh Book Fringe takes place in Word Power Books and brings together writers and activists from around the world for a host of daily events of readings and discussions, all of which are free.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

The world's biggest book festival with literary discussions, readings, author interviews, demonstrations and workshops. Some children's events including storytelling and poetry workshops. Open varying times.

McLellan Arts Festival

A celebration of emerging Scottish writing talent across all genres, inspired by the late great playwright Robert McLellan (1907-1985).

Nairn Book and Arts Festival

A range of musical, literary and artistic events with a fringe drawing on the talents of the local creative community. Last year ran the gamut from Kate Adie to the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and this year will offer a similar programme of favourite names from across the genres.

Bloody Scotland

Celebrate crime writing in its various forms at the historical Old Town in Stirling in Scotland's first festival dedicated to crime fiction.

Wigtown Book Festival

Scotland's number 1 book festival in Scotland's book town. 10 days of readers and writers meeting and enjoying themselves.

The Three Lochs Book and Arts Festival

A fledgling festival of film, photography, art and literature in Britain's most westerly peninsula,The Three Lochs Book and Arts Festival is an important event.

Portobello Book Festival

A chirpy wee seaside lit fest, which has in the past comprised author appearances and talks on various topics from e publishing to developing reading habits in children and more.

Islay Book Festival

An intimate and friendly festival that caters to Scotland's love of crime thrillers as well as introducing quirky and challenging books in a programme with something for all ages.

Dundee Literary Festival

A mix of events including internationally renowned authors, local names, children's authors and the Comic Conference which features graphic novelists.

Faclan: The Hebridean Book Festival

Since moving beyond the equinox to the cusp of winter and focusing on themes such as Second Sight, the Supernatural, Blood, Belief and Pilgrimage this festival has attracted major names.