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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 15:22

Baillie Gifford announced as new title sponsor

We are delighted to announce that global investment managers Baillie Gifford will become the new title sponsor of the festival, and will also sponsor a new non-fiction strand within the festival’s programme...
Thursday, 08 September 2016 06:43

The SBHA Family Book Festival

Our wonderful sponsor SBHA (Scottish Borders Housing Association) helped us bring a fabulous weekend of fun to the Festival. The hilarious Kjartan Poskitt actually made maths fun, Christopher Lloyd explained 4 million years of evolution in just one hour, Cressida Cowell told us how she trains her dragon...
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Thursday, 08 September 2016 06:39

Day four at the Festival

Lunchtime jazz in the Orchard was a great way to start the day which included sessions on the future of the world, the American Primaries, delicious food and wine, hilarious tales from festival favourite Gervase Phinn...
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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 08:58

Day three at the Festival

The BBC were in town today, and we were delighted that Jim Naughtie brought Maggie O’Farrell to the Radio 4 Book Club.  A.A Gill joined us for a wonderful session at Harmony and we had a couple of political faces around the garden too...
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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 08:49

Day two at the Festival

What a variety of events we had on day 2, a whole afternoon dedicated to young people – they programmed the events themselves, ran the production and interviewed their guests - A great opportunity for them and us! Another of Friday's highlights was Dame Evelyn Glennie and the 'Sound of Science' event - a musical journey through science and the Universe from the begining of time! 
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Saturday, 18 June 2016 10:16

Event Substitution - Gordon Brown

As a consequence of the brutal murder of Jo Cox MP and the suspension of the campaign on the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, Gordon Brown is unable to attend his event at the festival. Instead, Rory Bremner will chair a panel event with Michael Moore, Kirsty Wark and Douglas Alexander to assess the state of contemporary British politics in the light of this tragedy...
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Friday, 17 June 2016 21:40

Day One At the Festival

Day one dawned damp and drizzly in Harmony Garden, but that didn’t stop the 1,900+ school children and their adults from having an absolute blast at the Festival. The garden echoed with happy voices as they all discussed their favourite shows and perused the book shop for something new to read...
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 09:27

Getting to the Festival...

After many years of talking about it, we now have a rail link servicing the area, if your planning on coming by train and don't fancy the walk to Melrose, there is a public bus service into town - click on the link to download the timetable - Click here
Albert Roux is a genius with food. Arguably the greatest chef to work in Britain, in 1984 he founded the Roux Scholarship, a cooking competition for up and coming chefs. A young Scotsman, Andrew Fairlie, was the first winner and now, armed with his own Michelin stars, Andrew comes to Melrose to interview his mentor.
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Thursday, 02 June 2016 15:49

Event Spotlight - Phoebe Smith

Phoebe Smith’s love of adventure has taken her all over the world – name a place and she’s probably been there! She’s an award winning travel editor, writer and author, she’s passionate about wild camping, sleeping in bothies (she’s written THE book about them) and inspiring others to get out there.
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Thursday, 26 May 2016 09:17

New Event - Celia Imrie

They say that every cloud has a silver lining, and we were all very disappointed when we learned that Decca Aitkenhead could no longer make it for her event on Saturday 18 June (7.45pm). However, we were OVERJOYED when the wonderful actress and best-selling author Celia Imrie came to the rescue by agreeing to join us instead!
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There were many things that Hollie McNish didn’t know before she was pregnant, how should she stand while holding a baby? How will she do a poetry gig with her baby as a member of the audience? How do you answer questions about life, death and jigsaws?
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 22:41

Event Spotlight - Mike Rutherford

Genesis: from humble beginnings as a schoolboy band, to a million-selling legendary live act. Mike Rutherford was there from the beginning...
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 20:43

Event Spotlight - Sumayya Usmani

We're really looking forward to Sumayya's event on Sunday 19 June - her book, Summers Under The Tamarind Tree is abosolutely goregous and so inspiring! Click on the link to find out more about Sumiyya and her book and to buy tickets for her event...
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 20:20

Tickets are on their way...

For those asking, we've started to dispatch tickets this week - there's a lot of them, but you should start seeing them come through your door soon!
Monday, 23 May 2016 07:06

Event spotlight - Peter Gordon

If you're a bit of a foodie, we've certainly got lots of events for you this year! Why not come along to see Peter Gordon, a New Zealander who’s settled in the UK. His London restaurant Kopapa highlights his amazingly fresh and inventive recipes – never has a salad sounded so appealing. Peter’s book Savour: Salads for All Seasons showcases his beautiful new collection of tempting recipes and will have us all salivating at the thought! 
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We’re very excited that James Naughtie is bringing the Radio 4 Bookclub to the Festival on Saturday 18th of June at 11am. The event takes the form of a regular book group, only in this case, the author is present! Joining Jim for this recording will be Costa Prize winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell and on the agenda will be her fabulous book, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. We have a full audience for the event, but we’re still looking for some eager participants to take part in the show!
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Thursday, 05 May 2016 15:36

A. A. Gill - Pour Me A Life

Thirty years ago, aged thirty, at a treatment centre in the west of England, A. A. Gill lay in the last-chance saloon, in the dark of a dormitory with six strangers...
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Thursday, 05 May 2016 07:19

Mr Darley's Arabian

The story of racing told through the bloodline of twenty-five exceptional horses...
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 07:36

Gregor Fisher

BAFTA-winning Gregor Fisher is one of television’s most recognisable actors. He first became a household name with his portrayal of the character Rab C. Nesbitt in the multi-award-winning BBC sitcom of the same name...
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 03:08

A big year in politics...

2016 is a big year in politics and the Festival is reflecting that fact. We’ve got a gaggle, murder, hive, flock or perhaps herd of politicians with us this year – and we’re sure to get a balanced argument on Europe. First up is former Deputy Prime Minister and strong supporter of Europe...
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 01:44

We made it, the programme has arrived!

OK, that’s it. The hard part is over. The scramble to the deadline for the 2016 Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival programme – made it! 
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A new chapter is being penned at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival as former cabinet minister and local MP, Michael Moore takes over the chairmanship from Francis Hamilton who stepped down following the 2015 festival after 12 years of service.
Thursday, 12 November 2015 07:48

Book Week Scotland is just around the corner...

Join us to celebrate Book Week Scotland 2015. There are lots of events taking place between Monday Novemeber 23 – Sunday November 29. Keep reading to see what is going on near you. Here in the Borders, we join the Festivities on Sunday 29th November when the MacArts Centre in Galashiels brings you a day of great book events!
Come and join us at MacArts, Galashiels on Sunday 29th November for an evening with Alistair Moffat - Join Alistair as he explores the history of the Scottish nation. From prehistoric timber halls to inventions and literature, he will lead you on a journey through the drama of battles, the insecurities of change, the impact of loss and the many innovations and explorations that make up our history. Throughout, the tale will be interspersed with stories of the lives of ordinary Scottish folk, the men and women who defined our nation. The doors open at 7pm with the event starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available by following the link! 
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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
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 07:33

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!
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 22:58

Event Spotlight - Jenny Colgan

There’s nothing nicer than a cup of tea and slice of cake – except, perhaps enjoying them while listening to Jenny Colgan chatting about her delicious best-selling novel Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery... 
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 21:31

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!
Saturday, 06 June 2015 15:35

The Big Debate with Gordon Brewer

On Friday 12 June, the BBC are rolling in to town to record their topical radio show The Big Debate. If you'd like to take part in this BBC event (not part of the Book Festival) keep reading... Every Friday the programme visits a different part of Scotland to discuss the big issues of the week and this week sees them land in Melrose. Gordon Brewer will be joined by a panel of speakers from the world of Politics, Arts, Science, Business and other areas of public life. But they want you - their audience - to pose the questions...
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Saturday, 06 June 2015 12:45

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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Monday, 01 June 2015 17:31

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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Friday, 29 May 2015 07:09

Event Spotlight - M.C. Beaton

M.C. Beaton is Queen of the village green mystery and creator of the much-loved Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series…
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 08:46

Event Spotlight - Irma Kurtz

Irma Kurtz has spent 40 years as the agony aunt for Cosmopolitan Magazine – in that time she must have covered every issue imaginable and influenced so many of us with her heartfelt and sensible advice. Her new book My Life in Agony is crammed full of wonderful stories about her career which she tells with such relish and laughter...
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Monday, 25 May 2015 22:24

Event Spotlight - James Holland

James Holland returns to Harmony to talk about his forthcoming book The War in the West. His magnum opus will come in three volumes with the first to be published in September...


Wednesday, 13 May 2015 06:26

Event Spotlight - Sir John Lister-Kaye

Sir John Lister-Kaye is one of Scotland's leading naturalists and we're delighted he's joining us to talk about his life and work...


Imagine heading a charity that feeds 1 million children every day – that’s what Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow does...
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 05:53

Afternoon Tea with Sue Lawrence

Fancy a little afternoon tea on Saturday – well the Eat Your Words Marquee is the place to be...
Thursday, 30 April 2015 19:38

Nikki Welch - The WineTubemap

It’s Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink – that means it time to celebrate one of Scotland’s finest wine experts and one of along with one of Scotland’s finest wine suppliers…
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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Monday, 20 April 2015 18:59

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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Monday, 20 April 2015 00:10

And we're off

Sunday, 19 April 2015 23:52

Dig deep and discover a gem...

There are always big names at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival, and this year is no exception – there’s a huge variety of authors, entertainers, journalists, politicians, actors, cooks, and pretty much anyone else you can think of...
 

Thursday, 19 February 2015 07:26

Let's be friends!

Ever thought about becoming a Festival Friend? It's a great way to support the Festival and offers some rather appealing benefits too!

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:25

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!
Friday, 30 January 2015 08:23

New Walter Scott Prize website now online

The Walter Scott Prize has its very own, brand new website! We'll be posting everything prize related on the new site, so make sure you click on over and check it out! We'll be updating it with shortlist news, author profiles and everything else WSP! 

Walter Scott Prize website
The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival 2014 already feels like a long time ago, and it certainly feel like a long wait till we'll be gathered at Harmony for Book Festival 2015, so we thought we'd schedule something in between...

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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,

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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
Saturday, 21 June 2014 09:49

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 Allan 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!
Friday, 13 June 2014 21:12

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 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!

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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

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Friday, 06 June 2014 19:29

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
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.

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Thursday, 05 June 2014 06:32

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!

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 22:48

Event Spotlight - Nina Conti

What a way to wrap up the Festival – our night with Nina Conti was the ideal way to finish it! The Homecoming Scotland Marquee was shaking with laughter on Sunday night, thanks to Nina, Monkey, Grannie, Stefan the Builder and Nina's other 'victims' for providing such brilliant entertainment! 


Two events in one night is quite a feat - but Viv Groskop is not fazed! This is the woman who undertook the task of performing 100 stand up gigs in 100 nights - the mother of all comedy marathons...
Friday, 23 May 2014 11:27

Event Spotlight - Lynda La Plante

Lynda La Plante is surely one of the most recognisable names in British crime fiction, Prime Suspect, Above Suspicion and Trial and Retribution are amongst her most notable works for TV. Her strong characters and complex plots have you hooked from the beginning...

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Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:33

Event Spotlight - John Connolly

'Hugely entertaining and massively enthusiastic about the craft of writing' is how Festival Director Paula Ogilvie described John Connolly - we're assured his event is not to be missed!

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 15:47

Event Spotlight - Chris Brookmyre

As one of Britain’s most gifted, funny and dark crime novelists, spending an evening with Chris Brookmyre is something to look forward to! Always entertaining, Chris’s dark, edgy and hilarious sense of humour ensures his audience is frequently is creased over with laughter even at an event about a gritty crime novel!


 
Thursday, 15 May 2014 13:56

Event Spotlight - Jim Naughtie

From Radio 4's James Naughtie, comes The Madness of July a sophisticated thriller about loyalty, survival and family rivalry deep in the Cold War, drawing on Jim's decades of experience as a political insider in Westminster and Washington...
Thursday, 15 May 2014 12:27

Event Spotlight - John Tusa

On day 3 of the Festival (Saturday) we’re delighted to welcome John Tusa to what will be his first Scottish event about his soon to be published book – Pain in the Arts. A broadcasting legend and passionate campaigner for the arts, a brilliant reporter, interviewer and programme maker, John is also a passionate advocate of the arts in public life in Britain...
Thursday, 08 May 2014 15:26

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Monday, 05 May 2014 14:47

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… 

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014 18:37

Forsyth vs Sillars

The referendum debate comes to Melrose, with Michael Forsyth and Jim Sillars 'discussing' Scotland's future in the Homecoming Marquee on Sunday evening...
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 17:55

Event Spotlight - Paddy Ashdown

Royal marine commando, member of the SBS, interpreter, ‘intelligence officer’, diplomat, politician and now best-selling author – Paddy Ashdown certainly has a few strings to his bow.
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:46

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 -

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Monday, 28 April 2014 16:45

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...
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:18

Event Spotlight - The Incredible Spice Men

We first met Tony Singh and Cyrus Todiwala aka The Incredible Spice Men at our 2013 Lennoxlove Book Festival – the audience loved them, and they went down a storm -  so we were delighted when they accepted our invitation to come to Melrose...
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:49

Event Spotlight - Doug Allan

Our natural world and adventure theme continues with wild-life photographer Doug Allan, his thrilling stories from his amazing career will certainly have you transfixed!
Friday, 18 April 2014 16:01

Event Spotlight - Steve Backshall

Fascinated by the natural world? The adventurous type? Long to see far flung places? If that’s you, you’re certainly in for a treat at this year’s Festival. We’re thrilled that award-winning wildlife presenter Steve Backshall...
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 19:00

Welcome to a land of imagination...

Welcome to the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival. You are holding your passport to another country: the land of imagination, creativity, ideas and fun. Inside the walls of Harmony Garden, some of the world’s greatest writers, communicators and entertainers will appear onstage to delight you for four magical days...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:39

A treat for Borders high school students

Back in August at the begining of the school year, we welcomed two leading young adult authors to four of our local high schools; acclaimed Australian author John Marsden spoke to Earlston and Peebles' S2 students  and Berwickshire High School and Galashiels Academy enjoyed a visit from acclaimed author Justin Richards...

The winners of the 2013 Write On! Writing Competition Awards, sponsored by Davidson Chalmers, were announced at the Borders Book Festival on Saturday 15th June.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 12:54

Absolutely Fabulous....Indeed it was!

Well, the marquees are gone, the banners are down and the grass in Harmony Garden is recovering! It all feels a bit like a dream; was Joanna Lumley really on the stage in the Festival Marquee? Did we really have Pat Barker, Hilary Mantel, Anthony Quinn and Tan Twan Eng appearing at the Festival?

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Thursday, 13 June 2013 22:44

And we're under way...

Well, day one is over! The sun shone, the rain stayed away and the performers were in fulsome voice.  Peter Alliss kicked off the Festival with a packed house of enthusiastic fans who were very keen to have a chat and get their books signed.

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Friday, 07 June 2013 16:34

Sunday at the Family Book Festival

What treats are in store for us today? Well, today’s the day to get crafty and show off your skills, we begin with the fabulous Kate Leiper, who’ll explain how stories can be told through illustration...
Friday, 07 June 2013 16:31

Saturday at the Family Book Festival

Saturday at the Family Book Festival is not to be missed! There’s a host of events suitable for all ages. To kick off the weekend, we’re introduced to Horace and the Haggis Hunter, by creators, Sally Magnusson and her husband, Norman Stone... 

Anticipation is growing surrounding the production of Walter Scott’s epic poem, ‘Lay of the last Minstrel’, which will take place at 4.00pm on Saturday 15th June. Our stellar cast comprises Joanna Lumley, David Robb, Briony McRoberts and Michael Mackenzie, it’s sure to be a captivating session...

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A late addition to our programme see's Alistair Moffat and James Naughie talk about their shared fascination for Britain’s Last Frontier, the Highland Line...

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From Tom Holland, the best-selling author of Rubicon and Persian Fire, comes the culmination of his work on the great empires of antiquity. In the Shadow of the Sword tells the story of how the ancient world came to an end and how a new power, Islam, arose...

Join Dr Huw Lewis-Jones as he celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Conquest of Everest, using the wonderful photos of George Lowe who accompanied Hillary & Norgay to Everest…  

Friday, 24 May 2013 12:09

A record breaking year for kids!

As Maya Angelou said, ‘Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him’. We agree – and this year at the Borders Book Festival, we’re giving more children than ever the opportunity to delve into the world of books!
A local variety, perhaps a cultivar or a graft of the Radio 4 legend sprouts up in Harmony Garden. Hosted by the inimitable, indomitable, always in-form Eric Robson who’ll be joined by a host of experts...
Monday, 20 May 2013 10:45

Borders Children's Charity Fundraiser

Melrose Waverly Tennis Club presents a fundraising evening on behalf of the Borders Children's Charity with Dr Andrew Murray, ultra-marathoner, adventurer and endurance runner. Andy is a man of many achievements, his most recent is winning the 2012 Ice Marathon in Antarctica; he’ll definitely have some interesting stories to tell…

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John Sessions – a man of many faces! Which one will he bring to the stage in Melrose this year…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:51

Event Spotlight - Penny Junor

Sunday evening sees us welcome Penny Junor to Melrose, to talk about her new biography, Prince William: Born to be King.  Penny has a long track record as a biographer, and both Prince Charles and Princess Diana have previously come under her gaze...

Alexander McCall Smith joins us on the opening night of the Festival, Thursday 13th June, to both celebrate the 15th anniversary of his much loved character, Precious Ramotswe, and to introduce the 13th book in the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series; The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection…

Friday, 10 May 2013 15:08

Event Spotlight - Kate Mosse

A first time visitor to Melrose, we’re delighted to welcome Kate Mosse to the Festival to talk about the final novel in her Languedoc trilogy, Citadel, her work, life and literature…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 14:58

Event Spotlight - Simon Scarrow

Hugely popular novelist, Simon Scarrow, joins us to introduce his new novel Sword & Scimitar - an epic tale about the siege of Malta. Set in 1565, the novel sees the Knights of the Order of St John defend the people of Malta against the marauding Turks…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 13:07

Live Streaming - Neil Oliver

Tickets for Neil Oliver have just sold out, but no fear, all is not lost! Even though we’re completely sold out in the Festival Marquee, it’s still possible to enjoy this event, as we will be live-streaming it to The Davidson Chalmers Storytelling Tent, within Harmony Garden...

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Friday, 03 May 2013 16:31

Event Spotlight - Helen McGinn

Do you reach for the same old thing on shelf in the wine shop? Do you always select the second cheapest wine on the wine list? Feel it’s time to broaden you wine horizons? Then this is the event for you!
Friday, 03 May 2013 12:38

Event Spotlight - Sam Leith

So what is rhetoric? Well, it’s all about words and how we use them – rhetoric is language at play; language plus. It is what persuades and cajoles, inspires and bamboozles, thrills and misdirects... 
Thursday, 02 May 2013 11:19

Family Book Festival Programme Update

In a change to the previously listed event (Annabel Pitcher and Eleanor Updale) we’re thrilled to welcome former Children’s Laureate, Anne Fine, to team up with fellow award-winning author Eleanor Updale as they discuss their latest books for young adults...                                                                  

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Monday, 29 April 2013 13:33

Event Spotlight - Claire Macdonald

Join us on Saturday June 15 to hear Claire Macdonald Lift the Lid on her 40 years of running Kinloch Lodge Hotel on the Isle of Skye…
Monday, 29 April 2013 11:59

Live Streaming of Events

Tickets are selling fast! We have 4 events sold out at this point, but do not fear, we will be live streaming 3 of them from marquees within Harmony Garden, for tickets click on the names... Joanna Lumley - Stella Rimington - Hilary Mantel

Friday, 26 April 2013 10:56

Event Spotlight - Phyllida Law

Phyllida Law is one of Scotland’s best actresses, and also mother to actresses Emma and Sophie Thompson. She has recently taken to writing and How Many Camels are there in Holland? is her second book…

Monday, 22 April 2013 20:23

Event Spotlight - Gary Mulgrew

Gang of One is the remarkable true story of one man’s journey from a Glasgow orphanage to a notorious gang-infested prison in Texas. Driven by his desire to return to his son in England and haunted by the increasingly frustrating search for his missing daughter, Gary attempts the impossible task of surviving the prison’s gang culture...

Sunday, 21 April 2013 14:58

Live Streaming of Stella Rimington Event

Tickets for Stella Rimington have now sold out, but we’re delighted to tell you that we’ll be live streaming the event to the Davidson Chalmers Storytelling tent within Harmony Garden, at the reduced rate of £8...  

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Friday, 19 April 2013 11:57

Event Spotlight - Hilary Mantel

Two time winner of the Man Booker Prize, not many authors can say that! We’re in for a treat on Friday 14 June as Hilary Mantel joins us to talk about her life in writing and her latest publication, Bring up the Bodies). Oh - And did we mention, she’s also just been nominated for her second Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction!

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Friday, 19 April 2013 11:05

Live streaming of Joanna Lumley event

Although tickets are completely sold out in the Festival Marquee, we’re delighted to announce that the event will be live-streamed from within the grounds at Harmony Garden, in both the Lochcarron Marquee and the Davidson Chalmers Storytelling Tent – at a reduced price of £8 – tickets will sell quickly, so please buy now to avoid disappointment!

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Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:01

Follow our Authors on Twitter!

We've searched through the programme and trawled through the Twittersphere to see which of our authors are tweeting - click their names on the list and you can follow them too! Let us know if you come across anyone we've missed!

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Gavin joins us to talk about the 14 months he spent working as a doctor and exploring the world of the Emperor Penguins on the Caird Coast of Antarctica; a place so remote it’s said to be easier to evacuate someone from the International Space Station than its Halley research station…
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 11:28

Programme launched!

The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival programme was launched on Thursday 11th April at Marmions Brasserie in Melrose.  Arabella Brett and Sive Laurie who were both born the same year as the Festival, helped celebrate the programme announcement by blowing out the candles on our cake! Pictured alongside them is Festival chairman, Francis Hamilton with directors Alistair Moffat and Paula Ogilvie…

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Thursday, 11 April 2013 19:52

A Perfect 10!

The Box Office for the 10th Borders Book Festival is now open! Arabella, Louis and Sive who were all born the same year as the Festival joined us to help launch the programme…..
Thursday, 11 April 2013 11:33

It's all about the stars...

In 2012 we were lucky enough to have visual artist, Janie Nicoll as our first ‘Artist in Residence’; you’ll see her work featured on this year’s programme cover and we’ll also be displaying it around Harmony Garden during the Festival… 

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Thursday, 11 April 2013 10:58

Absolutely Fabulous!

Absolutely Fabulous! Joanna Lumley is certainly synonymous with that phrase – the 2013 Borders Book Festival is lucky enough to have Joanna join us for two events on Saturday June 15th

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 19:09

Iceberg's S.O.S

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 19:08

The Fiend

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 19:05

Drought in Africa

Well done to everyone who took part in this year's Davidson Chalmers Write On! Writing Competition.  And our congratulations go especially to each of this years winners! Pictured are (from left to right): Back row - Andy Drane of Davidson Chalmers and Tom Pow. Front Row - Grace Dawes, Jasmine Bowie, Megan Dickson, Struan Henderson, Todd Philip. (missing from the picture - Robbie Mitchell)

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012 16:08

That Was The Weekend That Was

Rain? What rain? it was an unquenchably wonderful weekend and what happened in the marquees was simply stunning.

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Friday, 15 June 2012 15:41

Event Cancellation - Hilary Mantel

We regret to inform you that unfortunately, due to illness, Hilary Mantel's event on Saturday 16th of June at has been cancelled. We apologise for the inconvenience caused. A full ticket refund will be available from the week commencing Monday 18th June.

However, we would like to invite all Hilary Mantel customers to a very special ticket holder only event called Gliterary Prizes.Best-selling author Ian Rankin, James Naughtie-former judge of the Man Booker Prize, Eleanor Updale-Judge on the Costa Prize and Alistair Moffat- Chairman of the Walter Scott Prize and Judge of the Scottish Book of the Year, discuss book awards.

Why does second best often win? Are there too many? Are there enough?

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Unfortunately Iain Banks is unwell and he will be unable to appear at the Festival tonight.  However, we have managed to reschedule his event for Sunday night at the same time (9.15pm in the Scottish Borders Brewery Marquee).  If you have purchased tickets for tonight, they will be valid for Sunday evening,  or you can call / or drop in to the Box Office at Harmony to exchange your tickets for another of tonights available performances.  If you would like a refund, please call the Box Office on Sunday 17th June after 6pm.  We wish Iain a speedy recovery! Box office : 0844 357 1060
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 09:14

Author Spotlight - Allan Massie

There are days, even in the bad times, even the worst of them, when you can still believe in the future, like that six o’clock in the morning three weeks ago when the bell rang and Dominique was there. Dominique, pale, wretchedly thin, exhausted, his hair cropped, but nevertheless Dominique. Lannes held him in his arms, neither able for a moment to speak...
Thursday, 07 June 2012 11:36

Publishing Day for Carol Rifka Brunt

Well it's a big day for one of our 'Exciting New Voices in Fiction'! Carol Rifka Brunt's debut novel, 'Tell the Wolves I'm Home', is released today.

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Tuesday, 05 June 2012 10:50

James Naughtie and the New Elizabethans

As we celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee, James Naughtie asks who has done the most to shape the country in the the 60 years of her reign.

Thursday, 31 May 2012 11:28

Author Spotlight - Prue Leith

Prue is obviously best known as a cook, food writer, educator and restaurateur, however in recent times she has added novelist to her list of achievements! She has written 5 novels in the last 15 years, her latest book is her autobiography’ Relish…


Well the decision is in…… after an intense round of interviews, the selection committee managed to whittle the short list down to 1! Our visual artist in residence will be Janie Nicoll..... 

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Friday, 25 May 2012 15:31

Author Spotlight - James Holland

James Holland joins us to talk about one of the most dramatic events of WW2, his book The Dambusters, is the dramatic retelling of one of the most daring, extraordinary and outrageous raids of the war by one of the UK's most talented young historians..
Monday, 21 May 2012 13:09

Author Spotlight - Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is coming to town! We’re delighted that Ian is returning to Harmony this June, to talk about his new book, The Impossible Dead, his second novel featuring D.I Malcolm Fox.

Well, we’re certainly in for a treat – three powerful and exciting debut novels about the things that really matter: family, friendship, love and death…

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 15:32

Author Spotlight - William Boyd

What a coup! William Boyd is coming to Melrose.  We can’t wait to hear about his new book ‘Waiting for Sunrise’, a thrilling novel set in Vienna during the First World War – something completely different as usual from the author of Any Human Heart, Restless and Ordinary Thunderstorms, will Waiting for Sunrise feature the Borders as some of his other novels often have?
Monday, 14 May 2012 13:00

Author Spotlight - Mark Beaumont

So far, it's been quite a year for Mark! A dramatic and nearly deadly adventure on the high seas, then on to happier times with his recent wedding!

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Friday, 11 May 2012 15:55

ANOTHER SELL OUT EVENT!!

HILARY MANTEL & IAN RANKIN NOW SOLD OUT - TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR LIVE STREAMING OF THESE EVENTS.

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Friday, 11 May 2012 14:11

Author Spotlight - Iain Banks

Iain Banks comes back to the Borders to tell us about his highly anticipated new novel, Stonemouth, always entertaining, Iain’s event is certainly not to be missed…

Monday, 07 May 2012 13:34

Author Spotlight - Richard Holloway

The acclaimed writer, respected thinker and outspoken former bishop Richard Holloway recounts a life defined by the biggest questions: Who am I? And what is God?

Thursday, 03 May 2012 15:39

Artist in Residence Opportunity

The Borders Book Festival has teamed up with CABN – Creative Arts Business Network to offer an Artist in Residence programme – a great opportunity for a visual artist to interpret the Book Festival in an exciting way!

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Thursday, 03 May 2012 14:57

Author Spotlight - Chris Brookmyre

Chris Brookmyre is back in Melrose, this time he’ll be talking about his much anticipated new novel, When the Devil Drives....


Melrose Mastermind is the latest event to be confirmed for live streaming!

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Monday, 07 May 2012 00:00

Box office update

The pre-booking for this year’s Borders Book Festival has been phenomenal and many sessions are already sold out. We thought it would be helpful to post regular updates on tickets that are available. 

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Monday, 30 April 2012 15:03

Live-streaming of sell-out events!

All is not lost! Tickets are available for live-streaming of some of our sold out events. Sir David Frost, Bremner, Wark & Naughtie and Jeremy Vine are so far confirmed.

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Monday, 30 April 2012 12:37

Author Spotlight - Ed Smith

To what extent do we control our own destiny? Can those who have risen to the top really say it was all down to them? Is lucky success somehow less deserving?


Join us for a packed programme of events for children (and grown-ups who enjoy a bit of fun) over the festival weekend!

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Thursday, 26 April 2012 10:20

Author Spotlight - Isla Blair

What do Dr Who, Indiana Jones and an Indian tea plantation have in common? Isla Blair!
Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:51

Author Spotlight - Patrick Gale

'When you close a Patrick Gale novel you want to start all over again, and with A Perfectly Good Man, I did'. Tiffany Murray
Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:52

Adventuring to Melrose

Tracking down the world’s most deadly, blood-thirsty river monsters,  attempting to break the world record to row across the Atlantic and discovering what goes on underneath the skin of the planets largest animals – these are some of the fascinating subjects you will hear about during this year’s festival……..

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012 11:57

Author Spotlight - Simon Watt

Inside Nature's Giants and Dr Death's gruesome science for kids!
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 00:00

Programme Launched

Your invitation is here! Welcome to the ninth Borders Book Festival. This year we have rung the changes and you will find many sparkling new names in the programme. From the world of broadcasting, grand inquisitors Sir David Frost and Jeremy Vine will be talking about their art, while festival stalwart Rory Bremner teams up with Kirsty Wark and James Naughtie for a unique one-off event, and a special ‘Melrose Mastermind’ hosted by Sally Magnusson.

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Tuesday, 03 April 2012 00:00

Hilary Mantel comes to Melrose

Great news!  That doyenne of historical fiction, Hilary Mantel is coming to Melrose for this year's festival.

 
 

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