We do like a bit of politics at the Borders Book Festival, and in today’s climate it’s certainly a hot topic! First up on Saturday is Joan Ruddock – a pioneering woman – ahead of her time, bright, brave, and principled. Joan was behind the campaign against cruise missiles at Greenham Common and by the end of the 80s had become Chair of CND and an MP. Come and hear her talk about her fascinating life.
Next in the Brewin Dolphin Marquee you’ll find former MPs and cabinet ministers Douglas Alexander and Michael Moore who’ll bring us ‘Around the World in 60 Minutes – What Just Happened?’ From the pre-Brexit, pre-Trump, pre-general election world of last June to the new world we now inhabit, it’s certainly been 12 months we won’t forget anytime soon. The two former MPs explain why they predicted none of it, and see if they can do any better this year!
Wrapping up this political line-up is Chris Mullin. He joins us to introduce his autobiography Hinterland – what a fascinating career he’s had. By the time he entered parliament, he’d reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He was the author of three novels and led the successful campaign to free the six men convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings. In parliament, he quickly established himself as a fearless inquisitor, going on to become a minister in three departments. Join us on Sunday to hear all about his long and incredibly varied career.
An exciting part of the festival weekend is always the Walter Scott Prize – who’ll win this year?! To find out a little more about the shortlisted authors, head on over to the Walter Scott Prize website and you can read the Q & A’s and the Author Spotlights too.
Hear what the Book Festival’s Alistair Moffat is looking forward to this year…
Our friends at The Trimontium Trust along with Melrose Historical & Literary Societies are delighted to bring you an event featuring best-selling, award-winning historical novelist Lindsey Davis, in Melrose Corn Exchange on Thursday 18 May at 7.30pm. Lindsey will be talking about her new novel, The Third Nero.