Boswell Book Festival, Dumfries House, 8-10 May 2020
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 2011-2018: 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, Judi Dench, Fenella Fielding, Gregor Fisher, Janice Galloway, Rifleman Victor Gregg, Loyd Grossman, Thomas Harding, Selina Hastings, Nigel Havers, Richard Holloway, Richard Holmes, Anthony Horowitz, Sir Tom Hunter, Richard Ingrams, Martin Jarvis, Charles Jencks, Alan Johnson, Professor Steve Jones, Jackie Kay, Andrew Lownie, Joanna Lumley, Claire Macdonald, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, Sir James Macmillan, Allan Massie, Sally Magnusson, Alexander McCall Smith, Candia McWilliam, Alistair Moffat, Charles Moore, Philip Mould, Ferdinand Mount, Judy Murray, Jeremy Musson, James Naughtie, Alex Norton, Maggie O’Farrell, Andrew O’Hagan, Helen Pankhurst, Matthew Parris, 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.