A Weekend of Fun, Entertainment and Ideas The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival

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A summer highlight for book lovers of all ages, the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival, takes place from 15th to 18th June this year.  Harmony Garden in Melrose will play host as the stunning backdrop for this rich and lively festival in the Scottish Borders, welcoming some of the biggest names from the world of books, entertainment and politics.

Tickets are expected to fly when the full programme of over 100 events is announced on the 26th April and the box office opens. Advance highlights include best-selling novelist Joanna Trollope , TV legend Michael Parkinson; gardening expert Carol Klein, as well as political satirist and impressionist, Rory Bremner and foodie raconteur Jay Rayner with his Ten (Food) Commandments.

With the festival now supported by new headline sponsor, global investment managers Baillie Gifford, the programme will incorporate a new Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Non-Fiction Series featuring high profile events on a variety of topical and stimulating subjects.

Philip Ardagh and Guy Bass are just some of the names from the world of children’s books who will entertain and energise the younger crowd for the hugely popular Family Book Festival, accompanied by live music, theatre and kids craft activities on the Saturday and Sunday.

The winner of this year’s prestigious £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction will also be announced on Saturday 17th June, from a shortlist including authors Sebastian Barry, Rose Tremain and Graham Swift.

Alistair Moffat, festival director, said:

‘Putting the final touches to our festival programme is always an exciting time. We’re very much looking forward to meeting new writers and visitors this year as well as welcoming back familiar faces to the enchanting Harmony Gardens’

The festival is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said:

 “We are delighted to once again be supporting the Borders Book Festival, one of the best literary festivals in the country. This year’s event will feature some of the biggest names in media, politics, food and comedy, providing a strong programme that will appeal to all ages and tastes. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and in the Borders Book Festival we have an event that   captures the imagination of the visitors in the wonderful setting of Harmony Garden.” 

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