The programme is announced today for the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival (17th – 20th June 2010). Giants of literature, entertainment and politics will meet in Melrose for four days of engaging, thought-provoking and inspirational talk and audience interaction, with the beautiful Harmony House Gardens as a backdrop. The Festival is also, uniquely, the setting for the announcement of two important national literary prizes, and in its seventh year welcomes a new title sponsor: independent private client investment managers Brewin Dolphin.
Taking to the festival stages will be Chris Mullin, Shirley Williams, Douglas Hurd and Rory Bremner, all sharing their particular experiences of political life; acclaimed novelists Hilary Mantel, William Fiennes, Andrew Greig and Robert Harris discussing their work; and providing some lighter moments will be Victoria Wood, Kathy Lette, and the QI team John Lloyd and John Mitchinson.
The winner of the very first £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction, sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, will be announced as part of the Festival at Scott’s home Abbotsford House, and some of the shortlisted authors will take part in a panel event later that day. Meanwhile, shortlisted author Hilary Mantel and her book Wolf Hall will be the subject of BBC Radio 4’s Book Club, which will be broadcast from the Festival.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency which has funded the Borders Book Festival for the past 3 consecutive years, said: “EventScotland has supported the Borders Book Festival through a period of remarkable growth in recent years and the line up announced today is testament to its status as one of the best book festivals in the UK. This year’s festival will feature some of the biggest names in literature, politics and comedy, providing a heady mix of entertainment, debate and discussion. The Borders Book Festival continues to grow year on year and, with the introduction of the inaugural Walter Scott Prize this year, it will without doubt retain its position in the cultural events spotlight for many more to come.”