During 2020 the pandemic played havoc with Baillie Gifford-sponsored book festivals, and it will continue to have an impact. In these uncertain times, Baillie Gifford is as committed as ever to support these meet-the-author events, given the insights they provide, and their value to the national conversation. In 2021, many book festivals will move partially or entirely online, while others will take place on different dates and across new venues. We continue to support the literary festivals we have been working with for many years, along with a new addition, Bradford Literature Festival.
Below you can find out more about the festivals we support.
2021 FestivalsCambridge Literary Festival
Cambridge Literary Festival attracts some of the best writers, thinkers and speakers to the festival each year. The spring festival taking place in April will be delivered digitally, with both individual event tickets and full festival passes available. The November festival is expected to take place in Cambridge with events also being recorded for online viewing. Baillie Gifford has been a principal sponsor for many years and this year we are supporting the non-fiction series.Stratford Literary Festival
Stratford Literary Festival offers a wide range of author events and debates. Held in May, the spring festival will be delivered digitally, with individual event tickets available to purchase. The winter programme will be held in November in venues across the picturesque town of Stratford Upon Avon. Baillie Gifford has supported the festival for many years and remains the headline sponsor of the festival.Hay Festival
Hay Festival is hailed as one of the world’s best literary festivals. Held in May each year, the festival attracts a global audience to share in a celebration of ideas and stories. This year the festival will again be delivered digitally and will be free to participate. The winter weekend festival will be held at the end of November and, subject to guidelines at the time, will be delivered live in Hay-on-Wye. Baillie Gifford became a sponsor in 2016 and is currently the principal sponsor, helping the festival transition into the digital space and launch a series of monthly podcasts.Wimbledon BookFest
Wimbledon Bookfest is an arts and education festival and hosts events with writers across genres including literature, current affairs, poetry, science, politics, and entertainment. This year there will be two live in-person festivals - Sunrise in June and Sunset in September. Both will take place in the beautiful setting of Wimbledon Common. Now in our fifth year of supporting the festival, Baillie Gifford remains the sponsor of the main festival venue.Boswell Book Festival
Boswell Book Festival is an annual literary festival dedicated to biography and memoir, usually set in the spectacular grounds of Dumfries House, Ayrshire. The festival brings together a range of writers whose life stories inspire stimulating discussion and debate. Taking place in June, the festival will be delivered digitally. Baillie Gifford has a been a major sponsor for many years and continues to support the work of the festival as they transition to a digital environment.Bradford Literature Festival
Bradford Literature Festival is a cultural and literary extravaganza celebrating the written and spoken word. Held over 10 days each summer, the festival blends new with old, combining the work of leading writers, performers and poets with emerging talent. A new addition to our sponsorship programme, Baillie Gifford will be supporting a series of events taking place at the festival.Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival
Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival is held annually in the grounds of Chiddingstone Castle in Kent and brings an array of well-known authors to live audiences. This year, in a special Literary Fringe, the festival will present a series of summer events held in the Orangery and on its surrounding lawns. Now in our third year supporting the festival, Baillie Gifford remains the sponsor of the main festival venue.Edinburgh International Book Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival is one of the leading festivals in the world and takes place in August each year. This year the festival will be delivered digitally from a new location at Edinburgh College of Art and, subject to government guidelines, aims to have a selection of live audience events. The festival site offers a bookshop and a café, as well as an opportunity to watch events on screen in the courtyard. Baillie Gifford has been the headline sponsor for many years, supporting the programmes for schools and children, and Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust supports a series of non-fiction events.Wigtown Book Festival
Wigtown Book Festival, held in Scotland’s National Book Town and set in the beautiful countryside of Dumfries and Galloway, hosts a range of author, art, theatre, film and music events. Baillie Gifford has sponsored the festival for many years and continues to support the children’s and school’s programmes along with events taking place in the community throughout the year.Henley Literary Festival
Henley Literary Festival is a popular festival on the literary calendar, held in the autumn in the riverside town on Henley-on-Thames. The festival brings together prominent writers and journalists from far and wide covering topics ranging from science and technology, politics, fiction, sport and entertainment. Baillie Gifford has supported the festival for many years and remains the headline sponsor.The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of the longest-running literature festivals in the world. The annual autumn festival is an event where writers and thinkers come together in a celebration of literary creativity. Baillie Gifford has remained a principal sponsor for many years, and currently supports a series of non-fiction events and as well as a festival venue.The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival
The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival is based in Melrose in the Scottish Borders. It is a place where words come alive through a blend of entertaining and thought-provoking events, including literature, sport and comedy. The festival will take place later this year, and all the latest news can be found on the festival website. Baillie Gifford remains the headline sponsor.