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This year's festival will be completely online with live subtitled events between 24 Sep - 4 Oct 2020

All events are free and available to watch here on their website. See the live subtitled events below.


Shaun Bythell: Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops
Thu 24 Sep 2020, 5:00pm
The internationally-bestselling Wigtown author introduces us to the latest instalment about his life as one of the booksellers in Scotland’s National Book Town.
Alexander McCall Smith and Tom Cunningham: Ninian's Gift
Thu 24 Sep 2020, 7:30pm
The opening night features a world premiere of Ninian’s Gift, composed by Tom Cunningham with words by Alexander McCall Smith. 

Patrick Laurie - The McNeillie Lecture: Writing Galloway's Landscape
Fri 25 Sep 2020, 2:00pm
The annual McNeillie Lecture celebrates the work of Ian Niall, who wrote under the pen name John McNeillie, and whose novel Wigtown Ploughman is a classic of rural realism.
Sophy Roberts: The Lost Pianos of Siberia
Fri 25 Sep 2020, 5:00pm
Siberia's story is traditionally one of exiles, penal colonies and unmarked graves. Yet there is another tale to tell – dotted throughout this remote land are pianos. 
Alastair Campbell: Living Better
Fri 25 Sep 2020, 7:30pm
This is an honest account of his own lifelong struggle with depression, exploring his childhood, his family and other relationships and the impact of his professional and political life on his mental health.
Neil MacGregor: Living with the Gods
Sat 26 Sep 2020, 5:00pm
We hear from Neil MacGregor about how many of the gods worshipped through the ages have represented exactly that quality.

Philippe Sands: The Ratline
Sat 26 Sep 2020, 7:30pm
In The Ratline Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily life of a senior Nazi and fugitive, and of his wife.
Gordon Corera: Russians Among Us
Sun 27 Sep 2020, 5:00pm
Russians Among Us describes for the first time the story of deep-cover spies in America and the FBI agents who tracked them.
Maggie O'Farrell: Hamnet
Sun 27 Sep 2020, 7:30pm
Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. 
Charles Spencer: The White Ship
Mon 28 Sep 2020, 5:00pm
The sinking of the White Ship off the Normandy coast on the 25th November 1120 is one of the greatest disasters that England has ever suffered. 
Helena Kennedy: Rule of Law in an Age of Disruption
Mon 28 Sep 2020, 7:30pm
Powerful global forces, combined with events at home that have divided the country, are disrupting the way we live and work.
Andrew Marr: The Elizabethans
Tue 29 Sep 2020, 11:00am
When Queen Elizabeth II – or I in Scotland – succeeded to the throne in 1953 at the age of 25, Britain was a very different nation. 

Discussion: Scotland, Race and Empire
Tue 29 Sep 2020, 5:00pm
How can Scotland come to terms with its colonial history and the legacy of empire? 
Denise Mina: The Less Dead
Tue 29 Sep 2020, 7:30pm
A brilliant and thought-provoking new book about identity and the value of a life.
Sue Black: Written in Bone
Wed 30 Sep 2020, 5:00pm
In her second enthralling book based on the human body, world-renowned forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black, takes us on a revealing journey to find the secrets hidden in our bones.
Stuart Cosgrove: Cassius X
Wed 30 Sep 2020, 7:30pm
Following on his award-winning Soul Trilogy, the author and broadcaster describes how the legendary boxer made his remarkable transformation from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. 
A Kendra Greene: The Museum of Whales You Will Never See
Thu 1 Oct 2020, 5:00pm
There are over 265 museums and public collections in Iceland, which is nearly one for every ten people in a population of only around 330,000 people.  
Douglas Stuart: Shuggie Bain
Fri 2 Oct 2020, 5:00pm
It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. 

Kate Humble: A Year of Living Simply
Fri 2 Oct 2020, 7:30pm
Broadcaster Kate Humble’s discusses her latest book, a frank exploration of a stripped-back approach to life.

Helen Macdonald: Vesper Flights
Sat 3 Oct 2020, 7:30pm
The bestselling author of H is for Hawk introduces her new book, Vesper Flights, a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world.

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