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Borders Book Festival returns to Melrose

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The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival will be commencing on Thursday 15 until Sunday 18 June.

It will be taking place in Harmony Gardens in Melrose.

The festival will involve up to 100 shows and events, including a one-woman show by actress Anne Reid and an audio-visual demonstration by MasterChef judge Jay Rayner.

In a climate of political turmoil and unease, we could all do with a dose of fun and entertainment, and the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival has it in spades. There are serious moments of reflection and contemplation too, as we examine our rapidly changing world.

This year the book festival has something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming our audience to Harmony Gardens to enjoy a truly memorable weekend.

– Alistair Moffat, Festival Director


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.

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
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