Alexander McCall Smith

It is 20 years since the No1 Ladies Detective Agency was published and since then a glorious torrent of fiction has flowed from Sandy’s keyboard. This year alone will see three new novels and three new children’s novels as well as the libretto for an opera…


Four Inspiring Women Writers

What could be more appropriate for the festival that is home to the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction than to have invited Paula McLain, a rising star of this genre of fiction. Love and Ruin tells the story of Martha Gellhorn’s marriage to the great American novelist, Ernest Hemingway. Herself a brave and immensely talented

The Story Cure

From tantrums to teenage angst, a book can be the best medicine. Bibliotherapist and author of The Story Cure, Ella Berthoud recommends the perfect children’s book for every hiccup and heartache…


The Novel Cure

It is said that books can cure all ills. Whether you have a stubbed toe or a severe case of the blues, you can find help within a novel. Bibliotherapist and author of The Novel Cure, Ella Berthoud interviews bestselling authors Joanna Trollope & Cathy Rentzenbrink about their ailments and offers literary salves to ease the pain…


The Walter Scott Prize

Now in its 8th year, this distinctive prize honours the legacy of Walter Scott, the founding father of historical fiction. Sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, past winners of the £25,000 prize have included Robert Harris, Hilary Mantel, Tan Twan Eng and Sebastian Barry…