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September 17th - An evening with Neil Oliver & Richard Dawkins...

As the nights begin to draw in, here's something for you to look forward to!

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  • On the road with the Borders Book Festival
    On the road with the Borders Book Festival An Evening with Neil Oliver and Richard Dawkins
    The 2015 Book Festival is now a distant memory, but fear not, we’re got something for you to look forward to... 
    As part of our efforts to bring the best of British literature to the Borders, we’re delighted to present an evening of conversation with two outstanding authors. At the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels on Thursday 17th September Neil Oliver and Richard Dawkins will be joining us to talk about their brand new books.
    Why not make a night of it and come to both sessions? Tickets cost £14 per event, but only £25 when you book tickets for both at the same time.
    And here’s a Festival first – with the historic opening of the Borders Railway in early September, festival-goers travelling from Edinburgh can even take the train to join us! For all details and tickets, Click here
  • Saturday - Day three at the Festival...
    Saturday - Day three at the Festival... Food, music, comedy, politics, finance and families and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction – we certainly had it all on Saturday! The Mad Hatter and White Rabbit were in attendance celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown did two sessions, one with his eye surgeon Hector Chawla and one on his own. The Really Terrible Orchestra entertained the audience on Saturday afternoon and we had such varied authors as Gavin Francis talking about the body, Owen Jones on politics, Ian Fraser gave us the banking industry, Alexander McCall Smith spoke about his books, Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow told us all about starting his charity and current projects and Patricia Hodge talked about her life. All that as well as The Bevvy Sisters over in the Orchard to end the night!
  • Friday - Day two at the Book Festival
    Friday - Day two at the Book Festival Day two dawned, and again we were lucky with the weather, it was great to see the crowds enjoying the garden, Orchard and Born in the Borders street market. Another varied day at Harmony saw politicians John Bercow and Alex Salmond take to the stage in The Times Marquee. We had a wine tasting, the lovely Prue Leith, David Nobbs, Terry Waite and Alex Norton and the hilarious Dom Joly. A first for the Book Festival was a visit from the fabulous Scottish Opera who were in residence for the weekend!
  • Thursday - Day One at the Borders Book Festival
    Thursday - Day One at the Borders Book Festival The twelfth Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival couldn’t have got off to a better start! The sun shone down as we welcomed around 1600 children for the fabulous Knight Frank Schools Gala Day – as always a huge success, with the garden filled with happy children!

    Thursday saw the beginning of our very varied programme – Keith Partridge thrilled his audience with talk of his fascinating and dangerous travels, we had a gin tasting, Waterloo and World War 2, along with inspiring and absorbing talks from Michelle Mone and Andrew Marr. The evening ended with our first music event with Al and Sue over in the Orchard – a perfect place to be, sipping a beer and enjoying good company!
  • Introducing...The Orchard
    Introducing...The Orchard Things are taking shape over the wall in The Orchard! It's home to The Eat Your Words Marquee, The Book Bar (a very cool 'stretch' tent), The Orde Cafe Bar and the Buccleuch Marquee as well as the Festival Food Village. We'll have live music every night and jazz on Sunday afternoon too!
  • New Event added...The Two Johnnies
    New Event added...The Two Johnnies Although we’re really disappointed that Celia Imrie is unable to join us on Sunday 14 June, we’re thrilled & delighted that the fabulous John Lloyd (the man behind Spitting Image, Not The Nine O’clock News, Hitchhikers’s Guide to the Galaxy and of course QI) is jumping into his car and motoring north next Sunday...
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  • Time for a bit of music...
    Time for a bit of music... As you will have seen from the programme we’ve introduced a new thread to the Festival – live music from our friends at Mac Arts in Galashiels. Why not top off your Book Festival nights and join us in the Eat Your Words Marquee to enjoy what’s on offer...
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  • Book Festival Authors Feature in World Book Night
    Book Festival Authors Feature in World Book Night Tonight is World Book Night, the annual celebration of reading and books, it sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books...

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  • Lots to look forward to this June...
    Lots to look forward to this June... You never know who you'll meet when you head to Harmony Garden in Melrose - there will certainly be some characters to be found this June...
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  • 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!
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