New dates and venue:
2-7 November at Abbotsford House
Having previously shifted our dates to September, we’re on the move again! Abbotsford House in the Scottish Borders, the home of Sir Walter Scott, will stage this year’s festival in its grounds as part of the 250th anniversary celebrations of the life and work of Scotland’s greatest writer. Our dates have also nudged further into the autumn to give us the best possible chance of welcoming our authors and visitors back safely.
We look forward to seeing you in November… Join our mailing list for all the latest news and updates.
The Financial Times –
a new media partnership
We’re delighted to announce an exciting new media partnership with the Financial Times, one of the world’s leading news organisations.
This year’s Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival is set to take place at Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott, during 2nd – 7th November, and FTWeekend will be hosting a strand of three insightful and thought-provoking events which will reflect some of the most pressing concerns of our world today, both nationally and internationally.
The Financial Times series, addressing a number of the biggest political and economic issues of the day, features some of the brightest minds from the worlds of journalism, politics, economics, diplomacy and academia. Guests include BBC journalist Gavin Esler, Edinburgh academic Ailsa Henderson, celebrated British economist Sir John Kay and Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat.
You can find details of all the Financial Times events in our full festival line-up, to be announced next week. Join our mailing list for programme updates and news.
Borders Book Festival Online 2020
Thank you everyone for joining us across thirteen amazing weeks of our free-to-view online 2020 festival. There were so many highlights, with more than forty authors bringing words to life on every subject from the future of the planet and the meaning of life, to high fashion and your choice of last supper.
Our events for adults are no longer available, but a selection of our Saltire Roofing & Building Family Series events can still be enjoyed by young and old alike over on our Families & Education area.
Trust magazine, the free award-winning magazine from Baillie Gifford, is full of insightful articles on the innovations that are transforming the way we live and work, along with exclusive interviews with some of world’s most distinguished authors in non-fiction.
Help keep Borders Book Festival alive!
The cancellation of the 2020 festival and the postponement of this year’s festival due to Covid-19 and the subsequent loss of ticket revenue and book sales is having a big impact on us. As a charity we rely heavily on the support and generosity of our regular Borders Book Festival goers.
If you feel you are able to donate to allow us to continue to deliver the festival this year and beyond, we would be most grateful.
Get social with the Borders Book Festival
From Instagram to Facebook and Twitter, we’ll be keeping our social media channels up to date throughout the festival.
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