Borders Book Festival

As many of you know I love books and reading you could say it’s a passion of mine.  So one of the highlights of my year is the Borders Book Festival which is held in Harmony Gardens each June.  As a family we have attended the event on a regular basis almost from the start and it’s a firm event in our family calendar.

I just love it and have seen many authors face to face from children’s authors such as Julia Donaldson of the Gruffolo fame to Annabel Claridge who writes wonderful imaginative historic fiction for children with Bo the poodle who goes back in time.  My daughter and I have met her since and communicate with her which is great as my daughter is an aspiring writer and loves this contact with an author she so admires.

Equally I have met some great adult writer’s and celebrities from Ian Rankin to Michael Palin and last year was the only person in the book tent with John Prescott who turned round gave me a smile and called me Lass.  It made my day!

The setting in Harmony gardens can’t be beaten  with the Eildon’s looking down and the Abbey close by as well as the wonderful gardens in full summer bloom.  It just has a buzz, an energy and an intimacy that I love.

This year we have bought a family pass as well as various other events.  I am particularly looking forward to seeing Sarah Brown, Maureen Lipman and attending a writers course with Vivien French.  The book festival weekend can’t come quick enough for me though I hate walking out of Harmony Gardens at the last event and knowing that’s it for another year.  For me it’s like Christmas in June you anticipate it eagerly, enjoy it immensely and then feel flat after it’s over.

Anyway if you have never been to a book festival it’s definitely the one to start with or you just want to do something a wee bit different in June.  It’s on from the 16th to the 19th June.  Events are selling out fast but they are offering televised events at the school next door at a reduced cost.  For information on this and to see the website click the link below.


About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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