Sebastian Barry becomes first double prizewinner

Sebastian Barry has won the eighth Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, for his epic American novel Days Without End. Barry’s previous book On Canaan’s Side was a winner in 2012, and he returned to the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland on 17th June to receive his Prize from the Duke of Buccleuch.

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See you from 14 – 17 June 2018

The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival has come to close, with thousands enjoying four wonderful days in Melrose, with Sir Michael Parkinson making a long-awaited return.  ‘The most important thing is that we are in a situation where we’ve had two days of absolute sunshine, we’ve had people outside, people talking to each other, people

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Thousands enjoy sunny Melrose

Yesterday the sun blazed down on Harmony Garden and the Orchard and thousands came to enjoy the SBHA Family Book Festival, the Born in the Borders Street Market and of course John Cleese, Rory Bremner and the many other authors we hosted. It was a pleasure to watch Sebastian Barry winning the Walter Scott Prize for

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The Borders Book Festival 2017 is here!

The wait is finally over! The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival started today with Harmony Garden buzzing! 1,600 children enjoyed a great Schools Gala Programme with fantastic opportunities for young readers and writers to become actively involved in the world of writing, to explore their own creativity, and above all, to have fun with words.

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Let’s get political…

Let’s get political…   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

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A World of Adventure….and Fast Cars!

Four Mums in a Boat With very little rowing experience, four working mums from Yorkshire decided to row 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic in the world’s toughest rowing race! They did it, and broke a world record in the process. Two of the team, Helen Butters and Janette Benaddi, are coming to Melrose to

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14th Borders Book Festival programme launched

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

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