Borders Guide Pageant set to open with Sir Jackie Stewart in pole place

THE BORDERS Guide Pageant opens its doorways this week with motorsport icon Sir Jackie Stewart, OBE opening the four-day occasion.

Sir Jackie will seem on the pageant to inform the story of his life each on and off the monitor, in help of Race Towards Dementia, the charity he based.

Following the previous F1 star might be novelist Mick Herron, writer of spy thriller Gradual Horses, joined on stage by actor Jack Lowden, who co-starred alongside Gary Oldman and Kristen Scott Thomas within the current TV adaptation. 

Operating this Thursday sixteenth to Sunday nineteenth June, the e-book pageant returns to Concord Backyard, Melrose, for the primary time since 2019, with a programme of greater than 100 occasions.

Sir Jackie Stewart, OBE, is ready to open the occasion with a telling of his life on and off the monitor. (C) JEP

These attending embrace Joanna Lumley, comic Miles Jupp, crime author Val McDermid, former cupboard minister Ed Balls and the BBC’s Clive Myrie with a really particular Melrose version of Mastermind.

Forward of Thursday’s opening, Pageant Director, Alistair Moffat, stated: “Eventually, it’s time to get going once more.

“Concord Backyard is wanting festival-ready, and it received’t be lengthy earlier than we are able to fling open the marquees and welcome again the viewers we’ve missed a lot.

“We do stay very conscious that we’re holding the e-book pageant within the aftermath of Covid, and there might be masks at venues for anyone who desires one and hand sanitisers on website.”

As a part of Scotland’s 12 months of Tales 2022, the e-book pageant has a strand of occasions to highlight the wealth of tales impressed by, written, or created in Scotland, and woven all through the 4 days.

The Household Guide Pageant takes place within the McInroy & Wooden Orchard all through the Saturday and Sunday (18th and nineteenth June). 

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The 2-day programme focuses on occasions for children, with plenty of free actions akin to rhyme classes, interactive craft actions, comedian workshops, and Lego membership.  

The winner of this yr’s prestigious £25k Walter Scott Prize for Historic Fiction can also be set to be introduced at an occasion on the e-book pageant.

Alice Tarbuck, Literature Officer at Inventive Scotland, stated: “It’s fantastic to see the Borders Guide Pageant’s return to Melrose’s beautiful Concord Backyard for the primary time since 2019, in a hopeful celebration of the ability of storytelling.

“This yr’s spectacular line-up of stay occasions provides one thing for everybody, from the contrasting poetries of Janette Ayachi and William Letford to the track and storytelling of Karine Polwart and Kate Leiper within the kids’s programme.

“It’s notably heartening to see the return of the favored colleges programme, taking literature to varsities throughout the Borders.”