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Borders book festival launched in Melrose

The tenth Borders book festival is being launched in Melrose in the Scottish Borders.

Three local children will cut a special birthday cake to mark the launch of the 'Brewin Dolphin' festival, which will be held in the middle of June.

A number of well known literary people expected to attend the event will also be announced at the launch.

"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