Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival

Thursday September 26th  – Tuesday October 8th 2019

Borderlines Book Festival aims to promote an annual celebration of the written and spoken word in Carlisle, Cumbria.

We aim to establish the festival as a focus for literary excellence by attracting high quality speakers, nurturing and showcasing local writing talent; providing new opportunities for local people to experience literature in direct, accessible and dynamic ways; and helping to foster literary skills within the community.

We will strive to promote literacy and a life-long love of reading across all sections and ages of the community.

We would like to create a sense of occasion and identification with the Festival, raising the profile of Carlisle nationally and stimulating economic opportunities for local businesses.

Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise by

Cumbria County Council's Library Service
Tullie House

Borderlines is a not-for-profit organisation and has a fully constituted steering group. Every penny goes back into supporting the festival

The steering group members are:

Our media partner is Cumbria Life who  who promote the festival extensively in their monthly magazine. We appreciate the importance of the support shown by all the staff.

The Honorary President of Borderlines is Hunter Davies, a Carlisle lad, and one who has offered us great encouragement over the years. His contribution to the world of journalism and literature has certainly helped put Carlisle on the map!

We have an amazing band of volunteers who also help us out – too many to mention here but you all know who you are, and thank you all. We are also very fortunate that Roger Bolton, presenter of Radio 4’s Feedback programme, supports us at Borderlines every year with expert interviewing and chairing., along with all our other hardworking chairpersons

The success of the festival always relies on the financial support of our sponsors and funders. We appreciate and acknowledge their support which ensures the continued viability of the festival.


Event of the Year Finalist at Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2015 & 2016 and Winner of the Culture City Award 2017 at Carlisle Living Awards.


Borderlines Book Festival is a not-for-profit organisation that has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise.
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