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Day two at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival. The day when, according to Director Alistair Moffat, the festival reached new heights. ‘In a moving and eloquent session, Melvyn Bragg spoke to me about his upbringing in Wigton, and how that coloured his writing and his life. Judy Murray’s warmth and openness earned her a unique standing ovation and in the first Brewin Dolphin Lecture, Allan Little offered a brilliant analysis of the European Union in his Reporting the World in the Age of Anger.’

At Harmony House Judy Murray was the definitely the highlight of the day for Blair Finlay. She got appointed OBE before her sold out show at the Brewin Dolphin Marquee. ‘She was instantly funny, warm, friendly and open to talk. When I asked her about her spider tattoo, she gave the background story on that really quickly. She was also really happy to be part of our kitchen Facebook photographs.’

The atmosphere at Harmony and the Orchard was electric last night, and we are looking forward to the same today, with the SBHA Family Book Festival kicking off. And there’s lovely artisan food and drink at Harmony and the Orchard, all you need for a perfect day out in Melrose.

Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival Day 2

In 2017 seven superb novels have been chosen for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Watch the panel discussion with Jo Baker, Sebastian Barry and Charlotte Hobson, chaired by Elizabeth Laird on YouTube.