We’re deeply curious about the world. To find companies with the greatest chance of growth over the next five years and beyond, we read widely and are constantly hunting for new ideas. That often leads to conversations with authors that help shape our theories about how the world might change. To share this passion with you, we sponsor many of the UK’s leading book festivals.
This year’s literary events
Whatever the time of year, a book festival is always happening or fast approaching in the UK. You can attend in person or stream many of the talks online. Discover your nearest event or plan a trip further afield from among the festivals we support:
The university city hosts two annual festivals, where you can join writers and thinkers in various venues. You can also discover footage from past festival sessions on the Cambridge Literary Festival Player. Baillie Gifford has been a principal sponsor for many years.
Stratford Literary Festival offers you a captivating twice-yearly selection of author events, stimulating discussions and practical workshops. Join thousands of other book fans during the spring and autumn gatherings. Meet your favourite writers and seize the chance to develop your own storytelling skills.
If you’re a fan of biographies and memoirs, don’t miss this one-of-a-kind festival. Set within the spectacular grounds of Dumfries House in Ayrshire, it brings together writers to share their own and others’ captivating life stories. Baillie Gifford has been a major supporter for many years, and we continue to sponsor the event’s marquee venue.
Hay Festival ranks among the world’s top literary events. Join a global audience in the Welsh border book town of Hay-on-Wye, where you’ll hear from renowned novelists, scientists, politicians and Nobel Prize winners. Baillie Gifford began sponsoring the week-and-a-half-long festival in 2016 and continues to be its principal sponsor.
Visit the Borders Book Festival to discover why many describe it as one of the UK’s friendliest events. The Scottish town of Melrose hosts a blend of storytelling and thought-provoking talks covering literature, sport, music and comedy, among other topics. Plus, if you’re a foodie, there’s plenty of local produce to enjoy.
This event invites you to join a diverse mix of writers, poets, musicians and theatre performers to celebrate all that unites us. It also aims to foster a nuanced understanding of our differences. In addition, Bradford's 10-day festival features dedicated talks and discussions about the books of the Brontë sisters, who were born and lived nearby.
The Scottish capital’s book festival welcomes you to a scintillating showcase of ideas and outstanding writing. Spanning 17 days over the summer, 2023’s event is the last to be held at the Edinburgh College of Art before the festival moves to the Edinburgh Futures Institute in 2024. We have been the headline sponsor for several years, backing the schools and children’s programmes. In addition, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust supports a series of non-fiction events.
Surrounded by sea and forests, Wigtown became Scotland’s National Book Town in 1999, the same year the festival launched. You’ll find an array of author events, art, theatre and film during the autumn event. The many local bookshops are also crammed with over half a million titles to satisfy your literary cravings – you can even rent a room above one to stay. Baillie Gifford has sponsored the festival for many years.
You’ll have more than 120 events to choose from when the riverside town of Henley-on-Thames holds its autumn event. Prominent writers and journalists come from far and wide to discuss science, politics and entertainment with leading names from those fields, among other topics. Baillie Gifford has supported the festival for many years and remains the headline sponsor.
Dating back to 1949, Cheltenham's annual book festival is among the world's longest-running literary events. Lasting 10 days, you’ll find fresh voices in prose and poetry alongside many established figures. With fringe events scattered all over the spa town, there's plenty to keep you engaged. As a principal sponsor for many years, Baillie Gifford supports non-fiction events at the festival as well as one of its venues.
Wimbledon serves a wide-ranging choice of topics when it switches focus from tennis to books in October. You can immerse yourself in current affairs, science, fiction and history, among other genres, at BookFest’s sites across the 10 days. In addition, keep an eye out for spin-off events throughout the year. Baillie Gifford has supported BookFest since 2017 and sponsors its main venue.
Beyond the UK, we support three further book-themed events. The Hong Kong International Literary Festival takes place in March. The Brooklyn Book Festival runs for nine days in New York between September and October. And the Singapore Writers Festival rounds off the season in the city-state in November.