Borders Book Festival 2018
June 2004 saw a small literary gathering take place in the old Wynd Theater in the middle of Melrose, the brainchild of Alistair Moffat; what started with a few speakers and an audience of 400 has turned into a 4 day extravaganza with an audience of 25,300 in 2016. We’ve certainly come a long way since June 2004, when Paula Ogilvie walked into The Wynd Theatre in Melrose, shook her head and headed across the road to borrow some pot plants to make the stage look more inviting. That was the beginning of a great partnership between Alistair & Paula who are still running things today (with the assistance of a few others).
From the Wynd Theatre, we moved on to the Corn Exchange then Melrose Festival Ball Marquee before landing in Harmony Garden. In 2014 we expanded into The Orchard just over the wall from Harmony Garden – we’ve now got Tipi’s, stretch tents, old fire engines selling hot dogs, a creme brulee van and lots of coffee!
This year we’ve come full circle and have one of our first ever guests returning for the first time – we’re delighted to welcome Melvyn Bragg back to Melrose. I’m sure he’ll notice a few changes from his first visit!
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Natasha Solomons, the acclaimed author of The Gallery of Vanished Husbands and Mr Rosenblum’s List, will be talking about her new novel House of Gold, set on the eve of the First World War and tells the tale of the Goldbaums, confidantes of bankers and emperors.
Natasha Solomons will be at the Borders Book Festival on Thursday 14th June, 9.00pm (Tickets: £8, £6 conc).
www.bordersbookfestival.org, Box Office: 0131 473 2000
The Goldbaums’ influence reaches across Europe. They are the confidants and bankers of governments and emperors. Little happens without their say-so and even less without their knowledge. But Greta Goldbaum has no say at all in who she’ll marry.
While power lies in wealth, strength lies in family. Greta’s union with cousin Albert will strengthen the bond between the Austrian and the English branches of the dynasty. It is sensible and strategic. Greta is neither.
Defiant and unhappy, she is desperate to find a place that belongs to her, free from duty and responsibility. But just as she begins to taste an unexpected happiness, the Great War is looming and even the Goldbaums can’t alter its course. For the first time in two hundred years, the family will find themselves on opposing sides.
The House of Goldbaum, along with Europe herself, is about to break apart.
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2018 Festival Programme: http://www.bordersbookfestival.org/programme-2018/
Melrose, perhaps the most picturesque town in the Scottish Borders, is easily accessible. Edinburgh (approx. 35 miles), Glasgow and Newcastle (approx. 70 miles) are all within striking distance.
You can reach us by train from Edinburgh in less than one hour, through beautiful countryside to Tweedbank Station, a handy 1.5 miles from the festival site. If you fancy a nice 20-minute stroll to Harmony from the train, just follow the book festival signs to Melrose. If walking isn’t for you, there is regular public bus service to Melrose from Tweedbank or Galashiels –
There are regular trains from Edinburgh Waverley (every 30 minutes at peak times)
Melrose is easily accessible by bus, follow the links for bus time tables:
First Bus time tables
Major routes: A1, A68 and A7. If you are travelling by bus, coach or train and would like further information, please contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit: www.traveline.org.uk
Parking: There is NO general parking at the Borders Book Festival. All parking is in Melrose town centre and is within easy reach of the festival venues. Restrictions will be in place on St. Mary’s Road from Weds 13 June – Mon 18 June and a diversion route from Abbey Street to Newstead will be in operation.
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