The 2016 Borders Book Festival – 16th-19th June 2016
The Borders Book Festival is now in its 13th year bringing authors and visitors to Melrose and the Scottish Borders from all over the world and establishing the Book Festival as one of the key literary events of the year.
The 2016 programme does not disappoint. Old favourites return including Rory Bremner who’s guaranteed to have everyone smiling as he looks back on the last year and forward to the next. The UK’s largest literary prize outside London, The Walter Scott Prize, will be announced to reward the best in historical fiction. Hotly contested, this year’s nominations are local author Allan Massie, previous nominee Simon Mawer, well known authors William Boyd and Patrick Gale, the Irish writer Gavin McCrea and just like the Eurovision Song Contest – an entry from Australia – Lucy Treloar. The winner will be announced on the Saturday of the festival and some of the authors nominated, including Patrick Gale, will be in attendance. Foodies won’t be disappointed either with the return of the food critic Jay Rayner and the wonderful Albert Roux. As ever at the Borders Book Festival politics is one of the key themes and this year’s politicians include Nick Clegg, Gordon Brown, Michael Forsyth and Jim Sillars among others who will be no doubt giving their views on the forthcoming referendum. But, on a lighter note, we are delighted to see that music is also a key theme of the 2016 Borders Book Festival with Scottish Opera bringing us pop up opera throughout the weekend, a visit by Mike Rutherford of Genesis fame (who we understand last rocked the Borders in 1972) and finally, the amazing Evelyn Glennie.
We are sure you will agree that there is something for everyone in this year’s programme. Burts and the Townhouse will be open each day serving lunches as usual as well as opening earlier at 5pm for dinners and bar meals. It’s one of the busiest times of the year so we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment. If you are travelling by the new Borders Railway from Edinburgh to Tweedbank there will be shuttle buses from the station to the Borders Book Festival and with the last train leaving Tweedbank at 23:28 for Edinburgh there is plenty of time to enjoy a full day in Melrose and the Borders Book Festival before returning home.
We look forward to welcoming you in June.