Borders Book Festival

The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival is the host of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and takes place in June every year at Harmony House Gardens, Melrose, in the Scottish Borders.

It is one of Scotland’s most prestigious book festivals, with four days of talks, readings and performances by a host of world-class speakers and entertainers. The festival features a Family Book Festival, a bookshop and café, as well as a day-long programme of events all set in the beautiful Georgian gardens in the shadow of Melrose Abbey.

The Walter Scott Prize is awarded at a public, ticketed event as part of the festival, and shortlisted authors usually take part in an additional separate panel discussion about writing historical fiction.

Full details of the Festival programme and the Walter Scott Prize event (to be announced in April) are available on the Borders Books Festival website.