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New Walter Scott Prize Website!

The Walter Scott Prize now has its very own website! Head over to www.walterscottprize.co.uk and take a look!

Absolutely Fabulous! indeed she was...

We were so delighted to meet Jennifer Saunders, she was a total hoot and joy to meet! Thanks so much for coming to the Borders Jennifer!

The Legend...Nick Mason

Quite simply brilliant, and he definitely had the audience who'd come the furthest! Folks from Italy, Spain and Yorkshire to name a few!

Everyone loved Steve Backshall

Steve gets the prize for the largest mix of ages in the audience - from 7 year olds to 70 year olds, he was truly inspiring and signed a LOT of books!

Historical Fiction at its Best

The Scott Prize authors on the stage with Kirsty discussing their books and the genre.

Jon Snow...

The most obliging guest ever, he posed for selfies and even helped with the dishes! Oh, and his event was pretty special too!

All star cast of Waverley...

What a line-up of actors, thank you all for descending on Melrose to give us such a special event - The Duke of Buccleuch with the cast and musicians of Waverley

Steve Hartley's Giant Pants!

Steve Hartley returned to Melrose for a second time with the 'Giant Pants' and tried to break the record for 'the amount of people to fit into a pair of pants'! Wonder if he succeeded?

The giant mushrooms...

Normally we'd discourage mushrooms from growing on the lawn at Harmony, but this year they certainly added a bit of fun to the landscape!

More pants!

Not to be outdone by the kids - the staff had a turn at breaking the giant pants record too!

Clowning around....

Thanks to the gang who kept all the kids entertained and occupied over the weekend - good fun and new skills learned by all!

It's all smiles...

Happy faces at The Family Book Festival...

Mr Jay Rayner...

A very popular event, although he did leave the audience wondering what was the right thing to eat!

Presenting Rory Bremner

Not only did Rory host his own very funny event, but took on chairing duties as he chatted with his friends Nick Mason and Jennifer Saunders too.

A night with Nina Conti

What a way to wrap up the Festival, The Homecoming Scotland marquee was shaking with laughter on Sunday night thanks to Nina, Monkey, Grannie, Stefan the Builder and Nina’s other ‘victims’ providing the brilliant entertainment!

You'll never guess who I bumped into...

You go out for a stroll in Harmony Garden and look who you come across! Good job they had his book with them to sign!


John Sessions and Phyllida Law on the stage for the reading of Waverley.

Prime Minister in the house...

Not everyday you have a former Prime Minister come to Melrose!

Recognise the voice??

Some people might not recognise the face, but I bet you'd recognise the voice!

Crime Fiction Legend

We were thrilled to meet Lynda La Plante, here she is with Cliff during her event.

Hanging out at Harmony...

You never know who you'll see sitting on the steps at Harmony!

Twilight at Harmony

Well the sun has set on another fabulous Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival...

See you on the 11th June 2015...

The Borders Book Festival team hope you had a brilliant few days with us, and hope to see you all next year! The Festival dates are 11-14 June 2015

Latest News

  • Programme launch...
    Programme launch... We’ve had a few questions about when tickets for this year’s Festival will be released, the box office will open at noon on Monday 20th April. You'll be able to purchase online and by calling the box office on 0844 357 1060. Festival Friends will be notified by email the week before!
  • Let's be friends!
    Let's be friends! Ever thought about becoming a Festival Friend? It's a great way to support the Festival and offers some rather appealing benefits too!

  • Autumn programme - An Evening with Sheila Hancock and Michael Palin
    Autumn programme - An Evening with Sheila Hancock and Michael Palin The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival 2014 already feels like a long time ago, and it certainly feel like a long wait till we'll be gathered at Harmony for Book Festival 2015, so we thought we'd schedule something in between...

  • Day four....
    Day four.... What a final day we had - authors locked in bedrooms, a visit from the fire service and probably the longest book signing we've ever had! There was an epic stage reading of Walter Scott's Waverley with some VERY well known faces, we had a couple of food events, there was politics, a bit of arts and crafts and a sing-along for those in the mood for nostalgia - all capped off with the funniest finale we've ever had!

  • Davidson Chalmers Write On! Writing competition 2014
    Davidson Chalmers Write On! Writing competition 2014 Pictured are the Write On! Writing Competition winners with author Viv French, Norman Given (Scottish Borders Libraries) and Andy Drane of Davidson Chalmers who sponsor the competition - the winners are - Connor Houston, Katie Foss and Tabitha Marston (not pictured) with runners up being Panda Pitman, Aimee McLeish and Jenni Heatlie
    Congratulations to all six junior authors! To read their stories,

    Click here
  • Day three....
    Day three.... Saturday dawned hot and steamy - the Festival site was buzzing with families out to enjoy a day of fun, later in the day the adult events took over and we had wonderful sessions on food, comedy, travel tales, a little bit of fiction a wine tasting and even a former Prime Minister - couldn't get more varied than that!

    Read on for more
  • Day two....
    Day two.... A full on day kicked off with the wonderful Knight Frank Schools Gala day, thanks to all our authors, Knight Frank & Historic Scotland who make this such a special event for local schools. Friday had many highlights, including the 5th annual Walter Scott Prize, which was won by Robert Harris and is presented and sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch. Doug Allan left us all impressed and fascinated with his talk about his work as an extreme cameraman and Jon Snow charmed his full house with stories about his life and work, he posed for a few selfies and even helped chef Chris with the dishes in the kitchen! The evening was rounded off with comedy from Festival Patron Rory Bremner, a little dark crime with Chris Brookmyre and a spooky ghost story with a wee dram of Jura whisky from Kirsty Wark!
  • Day One....
    Day One.... We are underway! What a fantastic first day it was – the Festival kicked off with Paddy Ashdown’s talk on D-Day and then we had a change of gear for Nick Mason, Pink Floyd’s legendary drummer – next up was the inspiring Steve Backshall, it was amazing to see so many enthusiastic kids and grownups all equally enthralled! Kate Adie, gave an fascinating talk about the home front during the war – and then we finished off the night with two very different shows – doyenne of crime fiction Lynda La Plante gave a excellent talk and Jennifer Saunders’ warm humour had the audience entranced! A wonderful night indeed! Thanks to all of you who came and made it such a special evening!

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