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Borders Book Festival line-up revealed

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The Borders Book Festival line-up has been announced, promising some of the "biggest names in books, entertainment and public life".

The 13th edition takes place at the Harmony Gardens in Melrose.

More than 100 events for people of all ages will be held over the weekend of 16 to 19 June.

Thriller author Frederick Forsyth, musician Mike Rutherford, food critic Jay Rayner and comedians Phill Jupitus and Sara Pascoe are all taking part.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will join fellow politicians Gordon Brown, Jim Sillars and Michael Forsyth in a series of political debates.

Further highlights include chef Albert Roux, Rab C Nesbitt actor and comedian Gregor Fisher, Scottish historian Tom Devine, best-selling author and raconteur Gervase Phinn and Top Gear script writer Richard Porter.

Some of our greatest writers, communicators and entertainers will appear onstage to delight the audiences for four magical days within the walls of the beautiful Harmony Gardens.

Alistair Moffat, Director of the Borders Book Festival
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Children's authors Cressida Cowell and Michael Morpurgo have also been lined up.

As well as a series of talks and events, the winner of this year's £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction will also be announced as part of the festival.

Alistair Moffat, festival director, said: "Some of our greatest writers, communicators and entertainers will appear onstage to delight the audiences for four magical days within the walls of the beautiful Harmony Gardens.

"We look forward to a wonderful weekend of entertainment and political debate as we welcome our authors, sponsors and supporters, and most of all our audience for what will be a truly memorable festival."

David Watt, Arts & Business Scotland's chief executive, said he was also looking forward to the weekend.

"The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival is a fantastic literary event and a wonderful addition to Scotland's festival portfolio, which is highly regarded all over the world," he said.

"Arts & Business Scotland is delighted to be able to support this through the New Arts Sponsorship Grants programme and we wish the organisers every success with their 13th festival."

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