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2-7 November 2021


The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival 2021

Welcome to the magnificent new world of the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival! Okay, so a nineteenth century venue might be stretching the term ‘new’, but there can be no doubt that Abbotsford is magnificent and, as we celebrate Sir Walter Scott’s 250 years, there is no place we would rather be. With such an amazing backdrop, and an unrivalled cast list, all we’re missing is you – please join us!

Baillie Gifford Trust Magazine

Love Non-fiction?

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.

Available to read online, or receive in print.

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A New Media Partnership

We’re delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with the Financial Times, one of the world’s leading news organisations.

At this year’s festival, FTWeekend will host a series of insightful and thought-provoking conversations addressing a number of the biggest political and economic issues of the day, with some of the brightest minds from the world of journalism, politics, economics, diplomacy and academia. Full details can be found in the festival programme.

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Walter Scott Prize

The prestigious Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, founded and sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, is now in its 13th year, with £25,000 to the winner and £1,000 to all who are shortlisted. Due to the cancellation of the Borders Book Festival 2020 and the postponement of the 2021 event, the winners Christine Dwyer Hickey for The Narrow Land in 2020 and Hilary Mantel for The Mirror and the Light in 2021 were announced live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. Read more about this year’s winner on the Walter Scott Prize website by clicking the button below. Hilary Mantel will be appearing at Abbotsford on Saturday 6 November to discuss her extraordinary trilogy on the life of Thomas Cromwell with James Naughtie.

WSP 2021 Short List

Family Fun

Sat 6 & Sun 7 November

Join us at Abbotsford for a fun-filled weekend for all ages at the Saltire Roofing & Building Family Book Festival!

Junior Bookworm


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.

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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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