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Michael coming to Scotland by Blairhoyle on 9 April 2009 12:39pm
Stars of the literary world are to descend on the town of Melrose in June for the Borders Book Festival.

Michael Palin, Christopher Brookmyre, James Kelman and Ian Rankin are just some of the names attending the annual event, on 18-21 June in Harmony Garden.

This year also sees the launch of the Family Book Festival, with events for adults and children to enjoy together.

A number of children's writers have been confirmed for the event, including Julia Donaldson.

Comedian and writer Rory Bremner, who has regularly featured at the festival is now patron of the event, which is held in the gardens of Melrose Abbey's ruins.

'Great setting'

He said: "I've been coming for two or three years now, it's a labour of love, and it's a pleasure being patron.

"It's a great setting, which attracts good names - people queue round the block to see Michael Palin in festivals all over the world."

The four-day festival also features famous names from the world of politics, broadcasting and the stage, including Vince Cable and Dame Joan Bakewell.

The children's programme will see writers Ian Rankin and David Aaranovitch reading their favourite books from childhood, as well as actor Bill Paterson bringing old nursery stories to life, and Julia Donaldson on the 10th birthday of her creation The Gruffalo.

Its director, Alistair Moffat, said: "The Borders Book Festival is really a big party, and what awaits partygoers is without doubt the strongest and most sparkling programme the festival has seen so far."

Re: Michael coming to Scotland by kazzzz on 10 April 2009 3:00pm
Oh how lovely!
Re: Michael coming to Scotland by Ken Dunn on 13 April 2009 7:22am
Excellent venue and Melrose this weekend hosted the 126th rugby sevens competition with the University of Johannesburg winning it by beating the hosts, Melrose, 35 - 21. They certainly know how to organise a spectacular event in Melrose.
Re: Michael coming to Scotland by geordiegirl on 15 April 2009 1:24pm
Book Festivals are really quite big in UK now, which is great news for bibliophiles, of course! - and they're very well attended. Ane in some lovely places - like Melrose, indeed.

Maybe Michael will do more in the run-up to the publication of Diaries Vol. 2 in September.
Re: Michael coming to Scotland by Blairhoyle on 26 April 2009 3:02pm
just to let you know that the Michael Palin talk and champagne evening is now sold out.

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