The Boswell Book Festival

Friday 6th to Sunday 8th May 2016

The Boswell Book Festival, now in its sixth edition, with its headline-grabbing authors and uniquely created talks and events is firmly established as a landmark in Scotland’s cultural year. Famously inspired by James Boswell, (b. 1740), the inventor of modern biography, this is the world’s only festival dedicated to biography and memoir and is staged at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.

Tickets can be purchased online: boswellbookfestival.co.uk

Box Office: 01563 554 900

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Martin Jarvis OBE

Martin Jarvis

One of Britain’s best loved actors, whose work is distinguished by its range and literacy is celebrated the world over for his best selling audio and radio recordings of Richard Crompton’s Just William stories and P.G. Woodhouse’s Jeeves. In his performance, ‘the Laurence Olivier of book readers’ will bring his dazzling story telling gifts to the Festival. In a second performance he will answer just about every question you’ve ever wanted to ask concerning the mysteries – and absurdities – of his profession in a trove of theatrical anecdotes.

Friday 6th May 7.30pm, Saturday 7th May 12 noon


Gregor Fisher The Boy from Nowhere

Gregor Fisher

Celebrate the festival end by hearing BAFTA winning actor, famous for his role as Rab C Nesbitt talking about his warm, funny memoir The Boy from Nowhere and the quest to uncover his family with collaborator and award winning journalist Melanie Reid.

Sunday 8th May 6.30pm

The Boy from Nowhere
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Loyd Grossman Benjamin West and the Struggle to be Modern

Lloyd Grossman

Presenter of iconic TV shows such as BBC’s Through the Keyhole and Masterchef, gastronome, sauce maker and author will be talking about what it takes to be an American on the make in Britain. And he’s not just referring to himself, but also to the subject of his latest book, the American born 18th century super star artist, Sir Benjamin West.

Saturday 7th May 8.00pm


Susan Calman Cheer Up Love

Susan Callman

One of the funniest women today talks about her own black dog – the ‘Crab of Hate’. Making therapy more of a hobby than a medical requirement, her new book Cheer Up Love is packed with humour and stories about how to be gloomy and enjoy it.

Sunday 8th May 3.30pm

Cheer Up Love
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Susan Calman
£16.99 Hardback

Victor Gregg Rifleman

Victor Gregg

His compelling account of his action in the Middle East culminating at Alamein, his capture at Arnhem and as a POW how his life was saved by the Allies’ bombing of Dresden, the horror of which he cannot forget. At 97 he is one of the last great survivors of WW2.

Saturday 7th May 5.00pm

Soldier, Spy
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Victor Gregg
£16.99 Hardback