That’s it – we’ve launched the programme! The run up to the 14th Borders Book Festival is now on and we’re delighted to welcome Baillie Gifford on board as our title sponsor.

This year sees us welcome a huge variety of guests, with surely something to appeal to everyone. There are some intriguing events covering a vast range of subjects.

To  kick things off we’re delighted to welcome The Yorkshire Rows, and hear all about their inspiring story of tackling the Atlantic in a rowing boat in Four Mums in a Boat; we’ve also adopted their motto – ‘it’ll be fine’! Another treat for day one at the festival is doyenne of stage and screen, Anne Reid. Recently seen in ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ Anne will entertain us with an evening of favourite songs and great stories from the golden age of Hollywood.

On Friday, we’ll welcome back one of our first ever guests, Melvyn Bragg. This champion of the arts joins us to talk about his fascinating life and career. Judy Murray, who has perhaps done more than anyone else for tennis in this country heads to Melrose to us to launch her memoir, Knowing the Score – what an insight we’ll get into this amazing woman who’s raised and coached two tennis champions!

On Saturday we’ve got politics with Joan Ruddock, Douglas Alexander & Michael Moore, and we’re looking forward to hearing Ben Macintyre tell the tale of the SAS. We’re very excited to be welcoming the inimitable John Cleese for the first time. And we’re topping off the evening with Rory Bremner – we’re sure he’ll bring Donald Trump to life in Harmony too!

Sunday sees the man who boasts the longest ever signing queue at the festival return once more – welcome back Steve Backshall! For a festival that takes place within a garden, there could be no more relevant guest than one of the most famous gardeners in the land – Carol Klein will join us to talk about her very own cottage garden and maybe give a few gardening tips. We’ve got a very special way to wrap up the weekend in the Brewin Dolphin Festival Marquee, come and join us for ‘An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson’ – the great interviewer will become the interviewee, with son Mike turning the tables on Parkinson Snr!