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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.

New food events at Borders Book Festival

This year's Borders Book Festival will see new food events added to the mix, including an "eat your words'" marquee.

Organisers are claiming this year's line-up, which was announced yesterday, will be the biggest in the festival's history.

The programme is set to include a celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

Border Book Festival to celebrate Alice in Wonderland

This year's book festival will celebrate 150 years of Alice In Wonderland. Credit: ITV Border

This year's Borders Book Festival will mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Celebrations will involve events for both adults and children,including treasure hunts and storytelling.


Borders Book Festival reveals 'biggest programme ever'

Andrew Marr will join the line-up for the first time this year Credit: ITV Border

Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival has revealed its 2015 programme today.

The festival takes place in Harmony Garden in Melrose and will run from Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 June.

Speakers set to return to the festival this year include

  • James Naughtie
  • Peter Snow
  • Rory Bremner
  • Sally Magnusson
  • Christopher Brookmyre

But the festival will also see some new guests join the line-up for the first time, including

  • Patricia Hodge
  • Celia Imrie
  • Andrew Marr
  • Jonathan Miller
  • Dom Joly
  • Michelle Mone
  • Terry Waite.

Organiser claim this year will be the biggest line-up the festival has seen.

We’re proud to present our biggest, most diverse and most tasty Book Festival programme ever.

"We can, hand on heart, say there is something to entertain everyone over the weekend, whether its opera, politics, adventure, history, cookery or simply superb fiction."

– Alistair Moffat, festival director

Borders Book Festival line up announced

The full programme for this year's Borders Book Festival has been announced.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and comedian Jennifer Saunders are set to appear in a line-up described as "stellar" by organisers.

The festival runs from 12 to 15 June 12 and is part of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

This year's festival will feature talks covering topics ranging from history and politics to cookery and fiction.

Stellar line-up for Borders Book Festival

The Borders Book Festival will feature a host of big names from the world of fiction including Alexander McCall Smith, Kate Mosse, A.N. Wilson, Simon Scarrow and Dame Stella Rimington.

In non-fiction, historian and presenter Neil Oliver will speak about the Vikings, one of the ‘NatWest Three’ Gary Mulgrew will talk about his account of imprisonment for alleged banking offences, and Richard Holloway and scientist Frank Close talk about the relationship between science and faith.

"Every year the festival goes from strength to strength and we, as lead sponsors, are immensely proud to be involved.

"When you look back over the last decade, the quality, range and diversity and of the authors who grace the marquees is truly remarkable. And so we look forward to this year’s jam-packed programme of activity.

"We are privileged to have such a wonderful festival in the heart of Melrose."

– Jonathan Tweedie, Divisional Director, Brewin Dolphin

The children’s programme has also attracted some big names with Lauren Child and Francesca Simon scheduled to about their new books.

The winner of the fourth £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction will also be announced at the festival

"In ten years, we have moved from the Wynd to the National Trust for Scotland’s Harmony Garden, the 220 who attended in 2004 has mushroomed into 13,000 in 2012, and the event has become a vital driver for the tourist economy.

"Our sponsors help us make it happen. But it is the authors who have made it sing.

"We couldn’t have hoped for a more diverse, starry and topical cast of stars to help us celebrate the ten years, than those in this year’s programme."

– Alistair Moffat, Festival director
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