The Borders Book Festival claims to be one of Scotland’s premier literary events, with some justification. The first time the Book Festival was staged, in 2004, it was little more than a pilot. Four authors came to the Wynd Theatre and fewer than 300 people came to listen to them, filling almost every seat in the tiny auditorium.
By 2007 the festival had moved to Harmony House and Garden, the National Trust for Scotland’s stunning Georgian property in Melrose, and audiences rocketed to more than 5,000 and have been growing ever since.
When? 11-14 June 2020
Where? Harmony House, Melrose, Scotland
Who? 2020 TBA
Festival Web Site: www.bordersbookfestival.org
Festival Director? 2015 – Alistair Moffat
Past Festivals? Kate Adie, Eleanor Catton, Kate Atkinson, Andrew Greig, Robert Harrris, Simon Mayo, Simon Scarrow, Alexander McCall Smith, William McIlvanney, Kate Mosse, Sir David Frost, Jeremy Vine, Hilary Mantel, Kirsty Wark, Iain Banks,
Rory Bremner, William Boyd, Kathy Lette, Ian Rankin, Francesca Simon, Michael Parkinson, Val McDermid, Josceline Dimbleby, Alexander McCall Smith, Tom Conti, Sarah Brown Joan Bakewell, James Kelman, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Gervase Phinn, Michael Palin, Jackie Kay, Charles MacLean,James Robertson, James Naughtie, Tom Holland, Alistair Moffat, Diana Athill, Tom Pow, Fiona Houston, Julia Donaldson, Vince Cable, Conor Woodman, Bill Paterson, Christopher Lloyd, Allan Cameron, JAMES NAUGHTIE, DOROTHY ROWE, WILLIAM FIENNES, KATE ADIE, KATHY LETTE, HILARY MANTEL, MICHAEL MORPURGO, VICTORIA WOOD, JOHN LLOYD & RORY BREMNER, SHIRLEY WILLIAMS, JACKIE KAY, ROBERT HARRIS, FERGAL KEANE, BRIAN JOHNSTONE & RON BUTLIN.