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WPS Author Spotlight - Simon Mawer

Simon Mawer is our 5th shortlisted author for the Walter Scott Prize, he'll be with us for both WSP events on Saturday talking about his novel Tightrope...

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WSP Author Spotlight - Gavin Mccrea

Gavin McCrea is our 3rd shortlisted novelist with his debut novel Mrs Engels, there are two opportunities to see him at our WSP events...

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Event Spotlight - Mike Rutherford

Genesis: from humble beginnings as a schoolboy band, to a million-selling legendary live act. Mike Rutherford was there from the beginning...

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Peter Gordon

If you're a bit of a foodie, we've certainly got lots of events for you this year! Why not come along to see Peter Gordon, a New Zealander who’s settled in the UK. His London restaurant Kopapa highlights his amazingly fresh and inventive recipes...

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WSP Author spotlight - William Boyd

In this enthralling story of a life fully lived, William Boyd has created a sweeping panorama of some of the most defining moments of modern history, told through the camera lens of one unforgettable woman, Amory Clay.

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We made it, the programme has arrived!

OK, that’s it. The hard part is over. The scramble to the deadline for the 2016 Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival programme – made it!

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Walter Scott Prize Shortlist announced

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Event spotlight - Gregor Fisher

BAFTA-winning Gregor Fisher is one of television’s most recognisable actors. He first became a household name with his portrayal of the character Rab C. Nesbitt...

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Walter Scott longlist announced

Which one of these fantastic novels will be the winner? See if you predict the right one at the Festival this June...

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New Chairman for Book Festival

A new chapter is being penned at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival as former cabinet minister and local MP, Michael Moore takes over the chairmanship...

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Latest News

  • Event Substitution - Gordon Brown
    Event Substitution - Gordon Brown As a consequence of the brutal murder of Jo Cox MP and the suspension of the campaign on the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, Gordon Brown is unable to attend his event at the festival. Instead, Rory Bremner will chair a panel event with Michael Moore, Kirsty Wark and Douglas Alexander to assess the state of contemporary British politics in the light of this tragedy...
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  • Day One At the Festival
    Day One At the Festival Day one dawned damp and drizzly in Harmony Garden, but that didn’t stop the 1,900+ school children and their adults from having an absolute blast at the Festival. The garden echoed with happy voices as they all discussed their favourite shows and perused the book shop for something new to read. After saying farewell to the kids, it was time to welcome some of the evenings authors – brilliant sessions from world traveller Phoebe Smith, Kiwi chef Peter Gordon, Jim Naughtie, Chris Brookmyre, Matt Ridley, Nick Clegg to name but a few – and what could be better than finishing off the evening with a hearty laugh courtesy our friend Rory Bremner! Hope you all enjoyed the evening and are ready to do it all again today….
  • Getting to the Festival...
    Getting to the Festival... After many years of talking about it, we now have a rail link servicing the area, if your planning on coming by train and don't fancy the walk to Melrose, there is a public bus service into town - click on the link to download the timetable - Click here
  • Andrew Fairlie to interview Albert Roux
    Andrew Fairlie to interview Albert Roux Albert Roux is a genius with food. Arguably the greatest chef to work in Britain, in 1984 he founded the Roux Scholarship, a cooking competition for up and coming chefs. A young Scotsman, Andrew Fairlie, was the first winner and now, armed with his own Michelin stars, Andrew comes to Melrose to interview his mentor.
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  • New Event - Celia Imrie
    New Event - Celia Imrie They say that every cloud has a silver lining, and we were all very disappointed when we learned that Decca Aitkenhead could no longer make it for her event on Saturday 18 June (7.45pm). However, we were OVERJOYED when the wonderful actress and best-selling author Celia Imrie came to the rescue by agreeing to join us instead!
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  • Tickets are on their way...
    Tickets are on their way... For those asking, we've started to dispatch tickets this week - there's a lot of them, but you should start seeing them come through your door soon!
  • BBC Radio 4 Bookclub with Maggie O’Farrell
    BBC Radio 4 Bookclub with Maggie O’Farrell We’re very excited that James Naughtie is bringing the Radio 4 Bookclub to the Festival on Saturday 18th of June at 11am. The event takes the form of a regular book group, only in this case, the author is present! Joining Jim for this recording will be Costa Prize winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell and on the agenda will be her fabulous book, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. We have a full audience for the event, but we’re still looking for some eager participants to take part in the show!
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  • We made it, the programme has arrived!
    We made it, the programme has arrived! OK, that’s it. The hard part is over. The scramble to the deadline for the 2016 Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival programme – made it! 
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  • A big year in politics...
    A big year in politics... 2016 is a big year in politics and the Festival is reflecting that fact. We’ve got a gaggle, murder, hive, flock or perhaps herd of politicians with us this year – and we’re sure to get a balanced argument on Europe. First up is former Deputy Prime Minister and strong supporter of Europe...
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