The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival

The Baillie Gifford 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.  The dates for the 2018 festival have now been announced here

The Walter Scott Prize is celebrated at two events at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival:  a panel discussion event with shortlisted authors, and the main Walter Scott Prize ceremony, at which shortlisted authors are honoured and each of the shortlisted novels brought alive with readings, before the thrilling announcement of the winner concludes the event.  Tickets for the 2018 Prize events will be available in the Spring of 2018.

The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival is one of the UK’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, street market and artisan food vendors, as well as an all-day-long programme of events all set in beautiful Georgian gardens and adjoining meadows, in the shadow of Melrose Abbey.

2017 Image Gallery

Here is a selection of images from the Prize events at the 2017 festival.