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.

A History of the Melrose 7’s

In 1883 two Melrose butchers, Ned Haig and Davie Sanderson, came up with an idea. Funds could be raised to save their rugby club by holding a Sports Day to include a seven-a-side tournament of shortened games. The credit for the rugby element went to Ned Haig and Melrose Sevens was born at the Greenyards.