Now established as the most important cultural event in the Borders, the Brewer Dolphin Borders Book Festival has also earned a place at the top table of the UK’s 250 book festivals.
Giants of literature, stage, screen and politics will gather in the beautiful gardens of Harmony House in Melrose for four days of inspirational, thought-provoking and entertaining talk.
Among the big names booked for this year’s event are Michael Parkinson, Sarah Brown, Larry Lamb, Barbara Dickson, Maureen Lipman, Mark Beaumont, Tom Conti, Rory Bremner, Robert Powell and Rory McGrath.
The Borders Book Festival takes place from June 16 – 19 and is expected to draw some 10,000 visitors, over a third of them travelling from outside the region and delivering a tourism benefit worth almost £3m.
Taking to the festival stages this year will be acclaimed writers Alexander McCall Smith, Val McDermid, Michael Frayn, Bella Bathurst and David Mitchell talking about their latest work.
Much-respected broadcasters Edward Stourton, James Naughtie Kirsty Wark and Sally Magnusson will be sharing their views on the world; whilst bringing a lighter touch to the proceedings will be Rory Bremner, Rory McGrath and veteran thespian Tom Conti.
The programme includes a diverse range of subjects including history with Peter Snow and James Douglas-Hamilton, cookery with Jocelyn Dimbleby and archaeology with Time Team expert Francis Pryor.
The winner of the second Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction, sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, will be awarded at the Book Festival and Alexander McCall Smith will be announcing a major new project: The Great Tapestry of Scotland, as well as hosting a reception in aid of Book Aid International.
The popular ‘Family Day Pass’ will again feature this year, which will be valid for the duration of the Book Festival. The Schools Gala Day on June 17 is a special programme of events with authors, illustrators, storytellers, singers, archaeologists and historians, all aimed at nursery and primary children.
Alistair Moffat, festival director said:“The diversity, verve and sheer quality of this year’s programme makes it the best Borders Book Festival yet. Book Festivals are bucking the trend of the economic downturn proving, no matter what, there will always be a place in our lives for good literature and live debate.”
The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival will this year be supporting two charities: Book Aid International and the local Borders Children’s Charity.
Box Office: 0844 357 1060 www.bordersbookfestival.org