The Boswell Book Festival - The Boswell Trust
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The Boswell Book Festival

Boswell Book Festival

Boswell Book Festival, Dumfries House, 11-13 May 2018

In 2011 The Boswell Trust launched the world’s only book festival dedicated to biography and memoir. By concentrating on the genres at which Boswell excelled, the festival has significantly raised awareness of Boswell’s life and work through a stimulating programme of talks and workshops by leading biographers and memoirists writing today, with a much-anticipated annual talk by the leading Boswell expert and publisher of the Boswell papers at Yale University, Dr Gordon Turnbull. The Festival is held at glorious Dumfries House on the edge of Auchinleck and has fast established itself as a firm fixture on the UK festival calendar.

A galaxy of stars 2011-2017: Kate Adie, Diana Athill, Damian Barr, Sarah Bradford, Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, John Byrne, the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, Susan Calman, Sally Cline, Artemis Cooper, Jung Chang, Tam Dalyell, Fenella Fielding, Gregor Fisher, Janice Galloway, Rifleman Victor Gregg, Loyd Grossman, Thomas Harding, Selina Hastings, Nigel Havers, Richard Holloway, Richard Holmes, Sir Tom Hunter, Richard Ingrams, Martin Jarvis, Charles Jencks, Alan Johnson, Professor Steve Jones, Andrew Lownie, Joanna Lumley, Claire Macdonald, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Sir James Macmillan, Allan Massie, Sally Magnusson, Candia McWilliam, Alistair Moffat, Charles Moore, Philip Mould, Ferdinand Mount, Jeremy Musson, James Naughtie, Alex Norton, Andrew O’Hagan, Bill Paterson, Ian Rankin, Malcolm Rifkind, James Roberston, Philippe Sands, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Daphne Selfe, John Sessions, Nicholas Shakespeare, Alexandra Shulman, Mona Siddiqui, John Standing, Kirsty Wark, Timothy West and A.N. Wilson.

Schools activities at Boswell Book Festival

Children and Schools

Through the festival, the Boswell Trust engages with the primary and secondary schools in the neighbourhood of Auchinleck and beyond. This has developed in three ways: first as an outreach programme which takes authors and illustrators into the schools; second as a dedicated Schools Day at the festival in which children experience a session with a current author, are introduced to James Boswell’s life through a workshop and enjoy a tour of Dumfries House; and finally as a concurrent Childrens’ festival which has authors and illustrators keeping parents and children entertained over the weekend. The Boswell Trust also awards an annual schools’ prize connected to the writing of non-fiction by children. Children’s writers who have been great supporters of these initiatives include Vivian French, Nick Sharratt, Eleanor Updale, Nicola Davies and Kjartan Poskitt of the Murderous Maths Organisation.