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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.

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.

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.


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 10th to 20th March is one of the leading literary festivals in the UK.

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.

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.


Literary festival in May in Dunbar near Edinburgh that combines lots of intimate events covering the written word in lots of different ways

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.

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.

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