16-19 June 2022


Join us for four fabulous days of talks, comedy, live music, food & drink, and much, much more…

You can buy tickets direct from the Box Office by clicking the BUY TICKETS button below or phone 0131 290 2112.


Join us in June

We’re back - again! After our Abbotsford foray a few months ago in November, and three years after our last full in-person festival, we are thrilled to welcome you back to Harmony Garden in Melrose! And we can’t wait to see you there, with the flowers in full bloom and a stellar cast joining us for a four-day extravaganza of more than 100 fun and fascinating talks and performances.

Our festival dates are 16-19 June 2022. Sign up to our enewsletter for all the latest news!

Baillie Gifford Trust Magazine

Love Non-fiction?

Trust, the free magazine from Baillie Gifford, is full of insightful articles on the innovations that are transforming the way we live and work, along with exclusive interviews with some of world’s most distinguished authors in non-fiction.

Available to read online, or receive in print.

Supported By Year of Stories

Scotland’s Year of Stories spotlights, celebrates and promotes the power of storytelling, showcasing a nationwide programme of major events and community celebrations this year, involving some of Scotland’s finest writers, thinkers and performers.

The Borders Book Festival programme is 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 will host 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 twelve 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.

This year’s shortlist: Andrew Greig Rose Nicolson (Riverrun), James Roberston News of the Dead (Hamish Hamilton), Amanda Smyth Fortune (Peepal Tree Press), Colm Tóibín The Magician (Viking).
The Duke of Buccleuch will announce the name of the winner live on stage at the festival On Friday 17 June at 6.15pm.

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Family Fun

Sat 18 & Sun 19 June 2022

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

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Help keep Borders Book Festival alive!

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 2022 and beyond, we would be most grateful.

Donations Thank You