Thanks to all our authors, performers, audiences and supporters who joined us in 2022. We can’t wait to see you again this year for four fabulous days of talks, comedy, live music, food & drink, and much, much more!

Dates for the diary are:

15-18 June 2023

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Love Non-fiction?

Baillie Gifford is a long-term supporter of the festival and other literary events around the UK.

Trust magazine is full of insightful articles exploring the ideas transforming how we live and work.

Find out about the sources of disruption in our fast-changing world from features about pioneering companies and conversations with visionary authors. You can also access regular book-related giveaways and hear from the winners of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction.

Available to read online.

Supported By Year of Stories

As part of Borders Book Festival’s celebrations of Scotland’s Year of Stories, we filmed three iconic authors on visits to three of our region’s most fascinating and inspiring attractions. To see what moved, entertained, and surprised Joanna Lumley, Val McDermid and Andrew Marr at Melrose’s Trimontium Museum, Abbotsford – home of Sir Walter Scott, and the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Galashiels, watch for free.

The 2022 Borders Book Festival programme was interwoven with events that celebrate the wealth of stories inspired by, written or created in Scotland.

Find out more about our Year of Stories events.

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A New Media Partnership

We’re delighted to continue our partnership with the Financial Times, one of the world’s leading news organisations.

At our 2022 festival, FTWeekend hosted a series of insightful and thought-provoking conversations addressing a number of the biggest political and economic issues of the day, with some of the brightest minds from the world of journalism, politics, economics, diplomacy and academia. Full details can be found in the festival programme.

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Walter Scott Prize

Honouring the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world. The winner receives £25,000 and shortlisted authors each receive £1,500. Since it was founded thirteen years ago by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, the Prize has awarded nearly £300,000 to authors and brought over 150 great novels to wider public attention.

Not only is the prize money significant, the exposure and renown for winners and those shortlisted are also of great benefit.

The 2022 winner News of the Dead by James Roberston (Hamish Hamilton) was announced by the Duke of Buccleuch at last year’s festival, from a shortlist which also included Andrew Greig Rose Nicolson (Riverrun), Amanda Smyth Fortune (Peepal Tree Press), Colm Tóibín The Magician (Viking).

Walter Scott Short List 2022

Family Fun

Sat 18 & Sun 19 June 2022

Thanks for joining us for a fun-filled weekend for all ages at the Saltire Roofing & Building Family Book Festival!

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As a charity we rely heavily on the support and generosity of our regular Borders Book Festival goers. If you feel you are able to donate to allow us to continue to deliver the festival in 2023 and beyond, we would be most grateful.

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