Harmony Garden, Melrose
June 16-19, 2011
Set in the beautiful Harmony Garden, marquees and a bookshop and a cafe will be open to celebrate the book festival. Writers, performers, politicians, interviewers, storytellers and artists will come together in the Borders of Scotland to share their wealth of knowledge and experience. In 2010, more than 10,000 people came to Melrose to the Book Festival and this year the ticket sales have been going well so the organizers are expecting large numbers once again.
One of the exciting events is the presentation of the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. Through the generous sponsorship of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, there is a prize of 25,000 pounds for the top writer. This year there are six stories that have been shortlisted.
The Festival has been going since 2004 and this year, Festival director Alistair Moffat has said it is the best programme yet, with “diversity, verve and sheer quality”. He also said, “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.”
Some of the participants are as follows:
Mull, Iona and Staffa with Malcolm McGregor – photography
Mark Beaumont – The Man Who Cycled The Americas
Michael Frayn – One of Britain’s greatest playwrights and novelists, Michael Frayn has written a wonderful account of his upbringing in My Father’s Fortune.
Kirsty Wark – A Life In Books – television journalist talking about what books have changed her life.
Michael Parkinson – well-known interviewer talks about his past.
Roodica the Rude – a children’s book about how Roodica, a young Celt, takes on the Roman invaders.
The Great Tapestry of Scotland – Alexander McCall Smith, will announce a sweeping new project – creation of a tapestry for all Scotland that will tell the story of the nation. There will be a series of brilliantly designed and stitched panels to be made in every part of the country.
You Can Write! – a creative writing workshop.
James Douglas-Hamilton – the politician, offering his perspective on British politics over the last 50 years.
Alexander McCall Smith – author of the famous 44 Scotland Street books.
Barbara Dickson – A singer, song-writer and actress, she will talk about her autobiography.
For tickets, you can phone the box office 0844 357 1060 or go online to http://www.bordersbookfestival.org/boxoffice.