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Wigtown Book Festival set to draw in the crowds

Wigtown Book Festival Credit: ITV Border

More than 20,000 people are expected to visit Wigtown from today for its celebrated book festival.

The event, which brings in over £2million to the local economy, has become the biggest of its kind in Scotland and attracts some of the UK's top writers. More than 200 events will take place over the course of the festival.

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Book festival underway in Carlisle

The book festival gets underway today. Credit: PA

Borderlines Book Festival returns to Carlisle today, with a series of writers' workshops and talks from authors.

Last year's event saw more than 1,300 people attend.

The four-day event runs from 3 to 6 September, and is organised by Cumbria County Council's Library Service, Tullie House Art Gallery and Museum, and Bookends Bookshop.

There will be 27 author events and 13 writers' workshops taking place at the Crown & Mitre Hotel, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle Library, Carlisle Cathedral, Waterstones and Bookcase.

This year's festival has a wonderful, eclectic mix of speakers who will appeal to a broad range of festival-goers.

We'll have a lively weekend for those who love literature, history, art, music, poetry, politics, sport, humour and the great outdoors.

Hopefully, published authors will also inspire would-be authors to guarantee many more festivals in the future."

– Festival chair Gwenda Matthews

Borders Book Festival begins

There's an Alice in Wonderland theme at the festival. Credit: ITV News

Famous writers, performers and plenty of books will be in the Scottish Borders this weekend, as the Borders Book Festival gets underway.

It's the festival's 12th year, and it begins today, and continues through Friday and over the weekend.

The festival's biggest ever programme includes talks from Peter Snow, Andrew Marr, Patricia Hodge, Jenny Colgan and Rory Bremner.

Political figures like Alex Salmond and Gordon Brown will also be there.

This year's the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, and Lewis Carroll's classic novel will be celebrated with treasure hunts, and costumed characters meeting children.

The festival is taking place at Harmony Gardens in Melrose.

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'Bookshops are the best place to discover books'

The owner of a Borders bookshop is encouraging shoppers to buy books from the shelves when they see them, rather than online.

Rosamund De La Hey, who owns The Mainstreet Trading Company bookshop and cafe in St Boswells, is supporting the Books are my Bag campaign.

Three writers in residence were at the shop on Saturday (October 11th) to lend their support.

Children's author supports bookshop campaign

A children's author is supporting a campaign to encourage shoppers to use bookshops.

Catherine Rayner writes and illustrates books for children. She was at the Books are my Bag event in St Boswells on Saturday 11th October.

She says that bookshops provide a unique experience.

Authors help promote bookshops in Borders

Authors and illustrators meet customers at the Mainstreet Trading Company Credit: ITV Border

A Borders bookshop has been involved in a campaign encouraging people to buy their novels from shops on the high street.

The Mainstreet Trading Company in St Bowells had writers and illustrators in the shop to sign their books.

Maggie O’Farrell, Vivian French & Catherine Rayner helped to launch the Books are my Bag event.

It was part of a nationwide campaign encouraging people to buy from bookshops

writer and illustrator Catherine Rayner signs a book Credit: ITV Border
Illustrator Catherine Rayner at work Credit: ITV Border

Full report: Lakes inspired "Odd Soks" books published

A set of illustrated children's books have just been published twenty years after they were first written.

The adventures of the Odd Soks, strange creatures who live deep in the Lakeland Woods, were the result of artist Steve Critchley's family trips to the Lakes.

But it was the recession in the advertising industry that finally prompted his decision to publish.

Andy Burn reports:

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