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What to See at the Borders Book Festival 2015

What to See at the Borders Book Festival 2015


The book loving Borders are in for a treat.


The programme for this year’s Borders Book Festival, 11 -14 June 2015 is stronger than ever.


Our plan to draw up a summary of festival highlights took much longer than we thought – mainly because we had to keep stopping to buy tickets and swot up on intriguing writers we hadn’t heard of, which on more than one occasion ended up in ordering titles online.


We got there in the end though. So here it is our highlights of Borders Book Festival 2015 – by no means definitive, but hopefully enough to stimulate a little bookworm buzz.


Walter Scott Prize


Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore, appearing at Borders Book Festival.


Now in its sixth year, the Walter Scott Prize has become a prestigious and distinctive star in the firmament of literary prizes. At this event, shortlisted authors John Spurling, Helen Dunmore and Hermione Eyre talk about their work in the increasingly vibrant and critically acclaimed genre of historical fiction.

Saturday 13 June



Must Reads

Matt Haig’s runaway bestseller ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ sounds at first like another confessional memoir but is in fact a witty, insightful and entirely human account of surviving and living with depression. Doesn’t instantly sound like a big hit but Matt Haig’s illuminating book on the perils of gloom is proving to be the most engaging book of 2015. Having heard him interviewed on radio we’d highly recommend this event.

Sunday 14 June


Emerging Authors


Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan


There is a visible seam of influence running through Kirsty Logan’s debut novel, The Gracekeepers, evidence of a rich legacy of myths, fairytales and the seductive world of magic realism inherited from the likes of Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood. The Gracekeepers has had great review and anyone who enjoys these writers is likely to respond to Kirsty Logan’s voice. Her first book, a collection of short stories, The Rental Heart won the Saboteur Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire Society 1st Book Prize. A talent to watch.

Friday 12 June




Shirley Spears

Shirley Spears, The Three Chimneys, Skye


Thirty Years of the Three Chimneys is a discussion event with Shirley Spears the founder of Scotland’s legendary Michelin starred restaurant with rooms (as featured in our Valentine’s Escape post). Newly appointed as the Chair of the Scottish Food Commission, Shirley Spears talks about the changes in Scotland’s restaurants and eating habits in all that time.

Saturday 13 June



Following on from her enlightening and touching book about her mother’s Alzheimers, Sally Magnusson talks about her new book, Where Memories Go. In this, the next chapter in the family history, Sally muses on the role of music in bringing back useful memory.

Saturday 13 June



There are two strong contenders for the political ‘highlight’ spot but as Ian Fraser’s Shredded – Inside RBS event is sold out we’re opting for James Naughtie’s analysis of the general election. Given his plumb position at Radio 4, and his wit and wisdom, we’re sure his insight will be worth turning out for.

Sunday 14 June


For full programme information on the event: Borders Book Festival, 11-14 June 2015.


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