Melrose is of course home of the wonderful Borders Book Festival which is held in the picturesque setting of Harmony House each June. Each year we welcome an astonishing array of authors and the event successfully features books and writers to inspire and challenge us all. The introduction of the ‘Family Festival’ a number of years ago has ensured that all ages can share and get involved with this very popular event in the Scottish Borders.
“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” George Bernard Shaw
The Borders Book Festival is regarded as one of Britain’s friendliest book festivals and this year runs from 14 – 17 June 2018. It is always a memorable weekend, with more than 100 events for all ages to choose from and features writers of all genres.
We thought it would be fun to see what books and authors inspired some members of our team:
Nick Henderson – “All Bill Bryson Books, my favourite being ‘Notes from a Small Island’ – His observations make me chuckle”
Linda from our Front of House – “I love all Enid Blyton Books, simply for the great childhood memories”
Kate, Restaurant Service – “Good Night Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian, such a moving story and very much part of my childhood memories.”
Matt, one of our Kitchen Porters – “Andy McNab ‘Immediate Action’ I found this totally inspiring and enthralling.”
Craig, Burts Head Chef – “For me it was ‘The Hobbit’ the first one… Couldn’t put it down, I was totally immersed in it!”
Laura, Bar Person – “My favourite book is ‘Tschiffely’s Ride’ (also known as The Ride or Southern Cross to Pole Star by Aimé Félix Tschiffely) About a Horse Trek across South America. The book inspired me to breed the First Criollo Horses in UK Circa 2009”
Radik, Chef – “For me it is “Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson. These are fantasy novels and I find the series thoroughly intriguing”.
Whatever genre of book that you love, you are sure to find something to inspire you at the Borders Book Festival.