Frederick Forsyth headlines at Harmony House

Jay Rayner
Jay Rayner

The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival today launches the line-up for its 13th festival, which runs from June 16 to 19.

Tickets are now on sale to see some of the biggest names in books, entertainment and public life as they take to the stage as words come alive in the idyllic surroundings of Harmony Garden.

Albert Roux

Albert Roux

The book festival boasts 100 events in its action–packed programme for all ages, with headline acts such as master storyteller Frederick Forsyth, who makes a rare appearance to talk to Rory Bremner about his extraordinary life as one of the most lauded thriller writers of our time.

A ground-breaking performance from the world’s greatest percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, depicting significant moments in history will surely be unmissable, plus there’s a chance for festival goers to hear about her extraordinary career in conversation with Borders regular Kirsty Wark.

Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg will join Gordon Brown, Jim Sillars and Michael Forsyth in a series of solo events just a few days ahead of the EU referendum, while James Naughtie gives the insider’s view on the American Primaries and upcoming presidential election.

Popular stand-up comedian Phill Jupitus returns to his roots as a performance poet, with further laughs promised from award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe, who will take the audience on a funny and illuminating tour of the female body.

Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe

Festival director Alistair Moffat says “We’re delighted that some of our greatest writers, communicators and entertainers will appear onstage to delight the audiences at Harmony Gardens for four magical days.”

Further highlights include world famous chef Albert Roux, food critic Jay Rayner, founding Genesis member Mike Rutherford, Rab C Nesbitt actor and comedian Gregor Fisher and popular novelist Kathy Lette.

A family day pass will be available where for £35, four family members can enjoy a number of events on either the Saturday or Sunday.

Leading authors from the world of children’s books will take to the stage including Cressida Cowell, author of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon series, and acclaimed War Horse author Michael Morpurgo talking about his book Private Peaceful to mark the Battle of the Somme’s centenary.

Mike Rutherford

Mike Rutherford

Primary schools from across the Borders will attend a gala day on the Thursday.

Excitement is also mounting to find out the winner of this year’s prestigious £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

The winner will be announced on Saturday, June 18.

Patrick Gale, William Boyd, Simon Mawer and local author Allan Massie are among the shortlisted authors.

Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus

The newly-opened Borders Railway offers a new way of getting to the festival for visitors from outside the area, with festival signage showing the way for walkers from Tweedbank Station 1.5 miles away, with alternative travel options being available.

There will be even more opportunities to take part as well as spectate this year, with a variety of live music and theatre performances and workshops, a street market, food village, gin and wine tastings, performances by Scottish Opera, and kids craft and activity workshops.

The Southern Reporter is media sponsor for the festival.

For further details, call 0844 357 1060 or visit www.bordersbookfestival.org

Jonathan Dimbleby

Jonathan Dimbleby

Rab C Nesbitt star Gregor Fisher

Rab C Nesbitt star Gregor Fisher

Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth