The best events for book lovers this autumn
- Yasmin Sulaiman
- 4 September 2017
Including Blood Scotland, Wigtown, Dundee Literary Festival and more.
When it comes to book festivals in Scotland, autumn is where it's at. Outside the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August and Glasgow's Aye Write! in the spring, the next few months play host to some of the year's best local literary celebrations. First up is Stirling's Bloody Scotland (Fri 7–Sun 8 Sep), the country's premier crime writing festival. This year's highlights include Denise Mina, Louise Welsh, Graeme Macrae Burnet and Lynda La Plante. Plus, Val McDermid is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her first novel, Report for Murder. Plus, look out for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year, whose winner is announced on Sat 8 Sep.
Wigtown, Scotland's Book Town, is a year-round favourite with book-lovers but it comes into its own when the Wigtown Book Festival is on (Fri 22 Sep–Sun 1 Oct). In addition to a range of talks, look out for its annual ceilidh and the dedicated Children's Garden.
Elsewhere, Glasgow's Byers Road Book Festival (Fri 22–Mon 25 Sep) welcomes Christopher Brookmyre; the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (Fri 20–Thu 31 Oct) takes over Edinburgh's Scottish Storytelling Centre for a 12-day celebration of traditional storytelling; and the Dundee Literary Festival (Wed 18–Sun 22 Oct) welcomes a variety of local and international authors to the City of Discovery.