from the directors of the Borders Book Festival

The directors have announced that after 2024 the Borders Book Festival will no longer be sponsored by Baillie Gifford, following protests around their sponsorship of this and other book festivals.

We took this decision with great regret because we have enjoyed eight happy and productive years working together to make our festival better, more accessible and in particular more attractive to children and families. Without the support of Baillie Gifford we would not have been able to mount such a vibrant and varied children’s festival (where adults go free) and do all that we do with schools in the Borders. Baillie Gifford’s support has enabled us to put free books into the hands of thousands of children, and that aspect of their support will be sorely missed.

We wish to put on record our thanks to the company for their solid and passionate support not only for our festival, its authors and audiences, but for all the book festivals across Britain who have benefitted from Baillie Gifford’s commitment to the world of books and readers.

Borders Book Festival Directors
Alistair Moffat, Paula Ogilvie and Chairman Michael Moore

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As a charity, Borders Book Festival relies on the generous help of our supporters. This is even more important now at a time when we are under even greater financial pressure than ever.

Please help to keep Borders Book Festival the place where words come alive by donating what you can.

Thank You Donations 2024