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Borders Book Festival line-up announced

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Image caption The 11th annual Borders Book Festival runs from June 12-15

The full programme for this year's Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival has been announced.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and comedian Jennifer Saunders are set to appear in a line-up described as "stellar" by organisers.

The festival runs from 12-15 June and is part of Homecoming Scotland 2014.

This year's festival features talks covering topics ranging from history and politics to cookery and fiction.

Based in Harmony Garden, Melrose, it will also feature events marking the centenary of World War One and the 200th anniversary of the publication of Walter Scott's novel Waverley.

Crime writer Lynda La Plante, former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown and wildlife presenter Steve Backshall are among those speaking on 12 June, the opening day of the festival.

Others appearing during the four-day event include Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, broadcaster Kirsty Wark and wildlife cameraman Doug Allan, who has worked on David Attenborough's BBC series' such as Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet.

Festival director Alistair Moffat said: "This year's festival programme is a passport to another country: the land of imagination, creativity, ideas and fun."

'Festival to remember'

He added: "Each Borders Book Festival has been different, memorable and unique. Our 11th will be no exception: as we look to the past and the future, it will be a festival to remember in this landmark year for Scotland."

Caroline Packman, director of Homecoming Scotland, said: "Once again the Borders Book Festival offers a stellar line-up of fantastic writers, speakers and entertainment for all the family.

"The festival continues to grow from strength to strength and the calibre of talent it brings is testament to how popular and exciting an event it has become, not only for the Borders, but indeed Scotland's event calendar.

"I'm delighted that through Homecoming Scotland, we can support the Borders Book Festival and make it an important part of Scotland's 2014 celebrations."

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