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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.

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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

Borders artwork explores Scottish identity

The Debatable Land by Peter Sacks Credit: ITV Border

Artwork depicting images of the First Minister of Scotland, Britain's Prime Minister, Westminster and Holyrood has gone on display at Traquair House in Peebleshire.

'The Debatable Land' is a collage featuring poems, quotes and pictures relevant to the history of Scotland.

The artwork is by former poet and Harvard Professor Peter Sacks.

Alex Salmond and David Cameron feature in the artwork Credit: ITV Border
Quotes, excerpts and material from Traquair House feature Credit: ITV Border

Scotland's oldest home hosts international discussion

Scotland’s oldest inhabited house is a gathering place for world cultures to meet, talk and exchange ideas on the most pressing issues of our time, through discussion, art and film this weekend.

Traquair House is hosting speakers from around the world, who are discussing current international conflicts in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine among others.

Observers and peacemakers will be discussing how Scotland can be a greater force for good in the world.

Expert voices with experience of global conflict zones, from BBC correspondent Alan Little to the former UN High Commissioner Sir Kieran Prendergast, are taking part.

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Beyond Borders: Art and literature at Traquair

A festival that 'travels beyond borders' is taking place in one of Scotland's oldest homes this weekend.

Traquair House in Peebleshire is hosting art exhibitions, a film festival, lectures, dialogues, literary walks, cycle rides talks and debates during the two-day Beyond Borders festival.

Among those featuring at the festival are war photographer Paul Conroy and Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma.

Scotland's place in the world and international conflicts are among the topics to be discussed.