Borders Book Festival promises 'pure enjoyment'
More than 100 events are being held over four days as the Borders Book Festival begins in Melrose.
Snooker star Stephen Hendry, television wildlife expert Kate Humble and historian Neil Oliver are part of the opening day's proceedings.
Festival director Alistair Moffat said the stage was set for "lively debate, fun and laughter".
He said that big names and lesser-known storytellers promised a "bumper weekend of pure enjoyment".
The programme includes figures from a wide range of fields.
Sporting heroes David Coulthard, Bob Champion and Gregor Townsend are among those scheduled to appear.
Comedians Alexei Sayle, Susan Calman and Jan Ravens are also in the line-up.
A number of politicians and political experts will make an appearance over the weekend too.
The festival will also see the presentation of the 10th anniversary edition of the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction.
The shortlist includes Peter Carey, Cressida Connolly, Samantha Harvey, Andrew Miller, Michael Ondaatje and Robin Robertson.
Mairi Kidd, of Creative Scotland, said the festival had put together a "diverse, current and imaginative programme with something for everyone".
"It's particularly good to see such a strong offer for younger audiences and their families, and that Scottish writers sit firmly at the heart of the programme," she added.