12-15 June 2025


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

Programme to be released in April 2025.

Thank you for joining us!

We hope you enjoyed this year’s festival, as ever we were joined by a host of big names to enrich our annual cultural get-together. To get a flavour of all the events which took place during our most recent festival click the download button for the 2024 programme.

The Walter Scott Prize
for Historical Fiction

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. This year’s winner “Hungry Ghosts” by Kevin Jared Hosein, was announced live on stage at the festival on Thursday 13th June.

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Shortlist Walter Scott Prize 2024

Family Fun

Sat 15 & Sun 16 June

The Children’s Programme was packed with fabulous events for all ages over an unforgettable fun-filled weekend! For details on all events, download the 2024 programme.

Please Donate

As a charity, Borders Book Festival relies on the generous help of our supporters. This is even more important now at a time when we are under even greater financial pressure than ever.

Please help to keep Borders Book Festival the place where words come alive by donating what you can.

Thank You Donations 2024

Statement from the directors of the Borders Book Festival

The directors have announced that after 2024 the Borders Book Festival will no longer be sponsored by Baillie Gifford, following protests around their sponsorship of this and other book festivals...

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