Comedy star Jennifer Saunders is one of the main attractions on the opening day of the Borders Book Festival which is under way in Melrose.
Others involved in the four-day event include Paddy Ashdown, Gordon Brown, Lynda La Plante and Nina Conti.
The festival runs until Sunday and is part of Homecoming Scotland 2014.
As well as a range of literary events, it will also see the winner of the fifth £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction announced.
The festival takes place in Harmony Gardens against the backdrop of Melrose Abbey.
Director Alistair Moffat said the line-up reflected the fact that 2014 was a "pivotal year" for Scotland.
He said it promised to be a "truly memorable weekend".