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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!

Waverley...

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

  • 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!

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  • 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
  • ITV Border at The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival
    ITV Border at The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival We are very lucky to have ITV Border as a media partner, and this year they took some great footage of the Festival. Click on the link to watch their interviews with some of our guests!

    ITV Border at the Book Festival
  • 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 Allen 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!


  • Come meet Andy Stanton author of Mr Gum!
    Come meet Andy Stanton author of Mr Gum! Come and meet Andy Stanton, author of Mr Gum - for the uninitiated Mr Gum is a complete horror who hates children, animals, fun and corn on the cob!

    Read more & buy tickets
  • Event Update - John Connolly in conversation with...
    Event Update - John Connolly in conversation with... We’re just a little bit excited to announce that John Connolly will be in conversation with Festival favourite, Chris Brookmyre on Sunday night! Two of today’s most gifted, edgy and entertaining crime writers discussing John’s new novel – with their combined wit and wicked humour you’re certainly in for a treat to celebrate the close of this year’s Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival:
    John’s event is at 7.45pm on Sunday 15 June

    Click here to buy tickets
  • Sir Walter Scott's Waverley - Casting News!
    Sir Walter Scott's Waverley - Casting News! We’re excited to announce some casting news for the stage reading of Sir Walter Scott’s Waverly – Samuel West is taking on the title role of Edward Waverley – Sam will have some illustrious company on the stage, with Phyllida Law, John Sessions, David Robb and Zoe Hunter joining him.

    Read more about the production and its stars
  • The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day
    The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day Friday 6 June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings – Radio 4’s Today show, hosted by Festival Patron Jim Naughtie broadcast the original news bulletin from that day 70 years ago. Voiced by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, it sends a shiver down your spine. Listen in over the next few days to hear more. Click here to go to bulletin on the BBC i-Player. We will be remembering D-Day here at the Book Festival too and are delighted that Paddy Ashdown is joining us to talk about a little known WWII operation in his new book – The Cruel Victory, The French Resistance, D-Day and The Battle for The Vercors 1944  - for more info and tickets – Click here
  • Ticket update...
    Ticket update... With only a week to go to the Festival, it's time for a little ticket update! We're down to single figures for Steve Backshall's event on Thursday night and only have a handful left for Nick Mason, Doug Allan, Forsyth vs Sillars and Nina Conti, so head over to the box office now to avoid disappointment!

    Click for Box office
  • Making news...
    Making news... A couple of this year’s Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival speakers have made the news this week – Congratulations to Chef Cyrus Todiwala who was named Food Personality of the Year 2014 at the BBC Food Awards! Kate Adie made the papers too as she was featured in this weekend’s Mail , read on to hear more about her new book about women on the Home Front in WWI… 

    Read more...
  • Simon Mayo on Radio Scotland
    Simon Mayo on Radio Scotland Want to learn more about Simon Mayo and his visit to the Book Festival? You've got to the end of the week to listen to his interview with Fred Macaulay -

    Listen to the interview
  • Tickets are on the way...
    Tickets are on the way... Ticket update - the tickets have now been received from the printers are are beginning to wing their way to you! There are a lot of orders to get through but please be assured we're working on it...
  • Read all about it....
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