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Boswell Book Festival 2020

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Dumfries House Cumnock in Ayrshire
8th - 10th May 2020

Boswell Book Festival

is held each May in Dumfries House, Cumnock. The Festival is named after James Boswell, a writer from Ayrshire who is regarded as being the inventor of modern biography.


Bestselling authors put the art of confessional memoir and biography-writing on show in the glorious setting of Dumfries House, southwest Scotland.

Authors featured by Boswell Book Festival in the past have included Sally Magnusson, Kate Adie, Bill Paterson, John Byrne and many more.


Please check the programme for Boswell Book Festival for full details

Robert Burns was a great admirer of James Boswell. Boswell was perhaps best known for being the biographer of Samuel Johnson and also wrote an account of a Tour to the Hebrides he made with Samuel Johnson.

Dumfries House, in which the festival is based is a beautiful stately home and was designed by the Adams Brothers. It is home to an amazing collection of Thomas Chippendale furniture and is set in 2,000 acres in Ayrshire. The house and furniture was secured for the nation as a result of an initiative brokered by HRH Prince Charles and using £20 million of his own charitable foundation funds.





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