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Borders Book Festival gets under way in Melrose

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A "four-day party" celebrating the world of literature is under way with the annual Borders Book Festival.

The 13th edition is being staged at the Harmony Gardens in Melrose until Sunday.

More than 100 events include the likes of thriller writer Frederick Forsyth, comedian Sara Pascoe and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Director Alistair Moffat said it promised to be a "truly memorable book festival" as well as a "great day out".

"Festivals need to be festive and festive means fun - and fascinating," he said.

"The Borders Book Festival aims to be like a wonderful four-day party where you meet people who make you laugh and also make you think."

Among the highlights being flagged up by organisers are:

  • Musician Evelyn Glennie in conversation with Kirsty Wark
  • Comedian Phill Jupitus returning to his roots as a performance poet
  • Jonathan Dimbleby talking about The Battle of the Atlantic
  • Chef Albert Roux in conversation with Andrew Fairlie
  • Food critic Jay Rayner
  • Top Gear script writer Richard Porter going behind the scenes on the TV series

The winner of the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction will also be announced during the festival on Saturday.

Nearly 2,000 children and teachers from primary schools across the Borders are expected to attend a special gala day on Thursday.

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