The Dundee Literary Festival started in 2007 and is now a key event in Dundee’s Festival season, celebrated annually in Scotland’s city of Discovery. In June at first, to mark the University of Dundee’s Honorary graduates, it moved to October to allow it to expand across five days.
This University-led festival, celebrating words and ideas as well as books has grown in size and scope since its first appearance, and now programmes over 50 events, enjoyed by people of all ages.
Important features of the Festival’s programme are in working closely with University of Dundee personnel to share ideas and research, especially with the teams behind Comics Studies and the Writing Practice and Study MLitt within the School of Humanities, but also with the University’s award-winning College of Life Sciences, biophysicists, geographers, historians and philosophers to celebrate work created right here in Dundee.
Each year we invite the writers we love best to gather in Dundee to share their books with us, across all genres – fiction and non-fiction, poetry and comics and design. The Festival has a special focus on emerging voices, and continues to offer a platform to writers at all stages of their careers, with a series of workshops and showcases of new work for festival attendees to discover, often for the first time.
Dundee Literary Festival has its home in the Bonar Hall, a creative space on the edge of campus, just off the Perth Road. Each year the Bonar Hall becomes our festival hub, with a pop up tea room run by Ms Battenberg’s Travelling Tea Room and a festival bookshop thanks to our friends at Waterstones.
Festival events also take place around the city: venues in 2015 include the newly renovated High Mill at Verdant Works, the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum and the new Dundee Creative Comics Space at the Vision Building, a new social enterprise and comics studio project funded in conjunction with the University of Dundee and the Rank Foundation to encourage creative learning through comics.
Get a feel for the Dundee Literary Festival with our short film, capturing some of the highlights from 2014.
The Dundee Literary Festival is currently managed by Peggy Hughes and delivered by Literary Dundee, a University of Dundee-led initiative connecting readers, writers and books and celebrating the joy of words.