Baillie Gifford

Borders Book
Festival 2021

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.

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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.

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Baillie Gifford
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.

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.

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 12th 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.

Walter Scott Prize Shortlist 2020


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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