Stars set to turn out for the annual Borders Book Festival

The stunning Harmony Gardens in Melrose will be full of fun and entertainment over four days from June 15-18, when it welcomes some of the biggest names from the world of books, entertainment and politics.

Wednesday, 7th June 2017, 11:35 am
Updated Thursday, 8th June 2017, 2:41 pm
Michael Parkinson

For book lovers of all ages, the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival has something to offer the whole family.

To kick things off, The Yorkshire Rowers will reveal their inspiring story of tackling the Atlantic in a rowing boat in Four Mums in a Boat.

Another treat for day one at the festival is doyenne of stage and screen, Anne Reid. Recently seen in Last Tango in Halifax, Anne will entertain with an evening of favourite songs and great stories from the golden age of Hollywood.

On Friday, the festival welcomes back Melvyn Bragg to talk about his fascinating life and career. Judy Murray, who has perhaps done more than anyone else for tennis in this country, also heads to Melrose to launch her memoir, Knowing the Score.

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On Saturday, guests include Joan Ruddock, Douglas Alexander, Michael Moore, and Ben Macintyre, telling the tale of the SAS. The inimitable John Cleese will also be welcomed for the first time and the evening is topped off with Rory Bremner

Philip Ardagh, Guy Bass, Vivian French, Petr Horacek, Chae Strathie, Barry Hutchinson and Derek Landy, best-selling author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series, are just some of the favourite names from the world of children’s books who will entertain and energise the younger crowd for the hugely popular SBHA (Scottish Borders Housing Association) Family Book Festival, which includes kids’ craft activities and creative workshops throughout the Saturday and Sunday.

This year adults get to go free to any SBHA Family Book Festival event so long as they are accompanied by at least one child.

On Father’s Day, dads can be treated to a spot of wildlife adventure with Steve Backshall; politics with Tim Shipman; the story of the Melrose Rugby Sevens; crime fiction with Ann Cleeves or an evening with TV legend Michael Parkinson.

Entry to Harmony Gardens is free, for more details visit