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The Maker of Modern Lives
James Boswell, Biographer 1740-1795
The Maker of Modern Lives
James Boswell, Biographer 1740-1795

As author of the Life of Dr Johnson, Boswell invented the art of modern biography; his tour to the Hebrides and his account of Corsica established him as one of the earliest travel writers; and his rediscovered journals first published in the 1950s turned him into a twentieth-century literary sensation.

The Boswell Quill in Auchinleck Churchyard, where James Boswell and his immediate family are buried, orientates visitors on their discovery of the churchyard trails and celebrates the universal power of the written word.

‘Boswell is the first of biographers. He has no second.’ Thomas Babington Macaulay.

The Boswell Trust acknowledges the contribution of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) to the creation of the Boswell project in Auchinleck graveyard.

Boswell's Quill
The Boswell Quill

The starting point for exploration of the newly landscaped churchyard, is the square neo-classical mausoleum, enlarged in 1754, attached to the original seventeenth-century old kirk, where Boswell and his immediate family are buried.

Visitors are offered mapped trails of the churchyard, which tell the history of Auchinleck and its people – from every walk of life.  And take time to enjoy Scotland Boswell’s Quill, created by sculptor Harry Gray, which is destined to become a unique landmark renowned throughout Ayrshire and beyond.  

Some of you will remember that last year, we teamed up with Bath Children’s Literature Festival and some of the best book festivals from the UK and abroad to create the Reading is Magic Festival. The event was tremendous fun, and we managed to pack 25 online literature events for children into just one week. With schools currently closed and many children learning at home, we have extended free access to Reading is Magic Festival until the end of the current lockdown.There are videos and podcasts for both primary and secondary school ages with bestselling authors and illustrators including Cressida Cowell, Chris Riddell, Dapo Adeola & Nathan Bryon, Alex Wheatle, Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet, Jasbinder Bilan, Robin Stevens, Jason Reynolds, Eunice Olumide, Adam Murphy and many more. Themes covered include creativity, protecting the planet and the importance of seeing ourselves reflected in books and the whole thing is presented by the familiar face of Karim Zeroual from BBC Bitesize. To access this fantastic, free, festival just enter the code FREEMAGICBOSwww.readingismagicfestival.com See MoreSee Less
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