Five book festivals for your diaries.

book festivals.pngWho doesn’t want to spend their free times chatting about books and hearing from authors? Exactly. So, here’s some brilliant book festivals you can check out across May and into June to keep you busy.

Off the Page
5th-16th May, Stirling.
The Stirling Libraries’ book festival hosts a programme that has a strong focus on community events and give people the chance to hear from great authors. This year’s Off The Page includes Tony Black, Malachy Tallack, Denise Mina, Helen Fitzgerald, Nick Sharratt and Alex Norton, to name just a few. More info.

Boswell Book Festival
6th-8th May, Ayrshire.
Named after Ayrshire writer James Boswell, the world’s only festival of biography and memoir mixes Scottish history and tradition with contemporary culture. Take a jaunt over and you can catch Martin Jarvis OBE, Daphne Selfe, Victor Gregg, Gavin Francis, James Naughtie, Susan Calman, Gregor Fisher and plenty more. More info.

Ullapool Book Festival
6th-8th May, Ullapool.
The Ullapool  Book Festival aims to promote and encourage the study, appreciation and knowledge of literature in Ullapool and surrounding areas, in English, Gaelic and Scots. From Janice Galloway, Tom Pow and Kevin MacNeil to Lynn Coady, Bernard MacLaverty and Lisa Moore, their weekend is brimming with great events. More info.

14th-16h May, Falkirk.
Hosted by the Edinburgh International Book Festival, they already took over Falkirk’s Callendar House for a weekend in April, and they’re back to do it again in May.  From Pete Arnott on The Cone Gatherers to Sara Sheridan on Agatha Christie’s Sleeping Murder, Andy Scott on Kelpies and mythology, and James Robertson closing the weekend by chatting about his work, it’s a packed few days. More info.

And looking ahead to next month…

Borders Book Festival
16th-19th June, Scottish Borders
If you’re looking for a neat road trip this summer, pop down to the Scottish borders and pair it up with a brilliant book festival. Amy Liptrot, Chris Brookmyre, Debi Gliori, Kirsty Wark, James Crawford, Phill Jupitus, even Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown are popping by for a really  mixed programme. More info.

It seems book festival season is well and truly upon us. How exciting.

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