An early peek at the Frontier Book Festival headlines

Once again it will take place at its famous home of Harmony Garden, Melrose, and this year running from Thursday 15th June to Sunday 18th June, the four-day feast of literature, entertainment, politics, sport, health and lifestyle – and much more besides, you’ll see over 100 hosted events.

Organizers have released an early peek at some of this year’s headliners including presenter and writer Sally Magnuson. Booker Prize winner Douglas Stewart; award-winning Irish novelist and poet Sebastian Parry; Civil rights activist and distinguished attorney Baroness Helena Kennedy K. former Labor leader and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown; Royal lady-in-waiting and socialite Baroness Anne Glenconner and rugby legend Will Carling.

The full Book Festival program will be announced on Tuesday, April 25, after which tickets will go on sale at

The Kids’ Program, curated by Baillie Gifford, runs throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday (June 17 and 18) and is packed with exciting author events, kids’ craft activities, storytelling and interactive creative workshops – everything inquisitive young minds could wish for. To stir up those fantasies.

Alistair Moffat, festival director for all 20 editions of the Border Writers Festival, said: “The festival is the largest event in the Borders region, not only in terms of the fun it brings, but also in the financial sense, bringing £2.5m to the local economy in just four days. Those four days are the center of Scotland’s cultural life – the only place to be.

“When I started the Border Book Festival 20 years ago, it was a case of ‘Why not! ”

Why not bring in some of the biggest names from across the UK – and indeed the world – to engage, debate, debate and entertain.

“This is exactly what we did, and continue to do, 20 years later. I couldn’t be more proud of what we have achieved over the past two decades and what we continue to achieve every year.”

In addition, the winner of this year’s prestigious £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, which was won last year by James Robertson’s Scotland special for News of the Dead, will be announced at a special event at the Writers’ Festival.

The box office opens at noon on Tuesday 25th April with tickets available at or by calling 0131 290 2112.

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