Folk Tales of the Scottish Borders

The Borders Book Festival is nearly upon us.  So here’s one of our favourite books of Scottish Borders folk tales appearing at the Festival.

Scottish Borders Folk Tales

Scottish Borders Folk Tales

On Thursday 16 June at 6pm, in the Knight Frank Marquee, renowned storyteller James Spence will read stories from Scottish Borders Folk Tales.  This is a magical collection containing the region’s best loved stories, richly illustrated by James.  He  will bring to life the lore, language and legacy of the Borders.  He’ll introduce you to Tam Linn, Thomas the Rhymer, Muckle Mou’d Meg and Michael Scott the Wizard.  Some  lesser known characters will also be appearing for the first time. All peppered with Border Scots, but don’t worry though there’s a glossary to help you out.

Scottish Borders Folk Tales is published jointly by the History Press and The Society for Storytelling.  The History Press publish  a series of local Folk Tales.

Jekyll & Hyde

Unco Case o Dr Jekyll an Mr Hyde cover

James has also published a Scots translations of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeUnco Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (available from Waverley Press) and Far From the Madding Crowd his favourite novel  – Ferr Frae the Dirlin Thrang (not yet published)


Apple Juice, Ice Cream, CrÈme Brûlée & Coffee

The full programme for the Borders Book Festival, 16-19th June in Melrose can be found here.  This year  there is also a food village and a Born in the  Borders Street Market (St Mary’s Road).  You will find the best the Scottish Borders has to offer in  food, drink and gifts.  Take  the time to sample some amazingly delicious apple juice from Cuddybridge.    Look out also for the Crema Caravan from Galashiels and  their delicious, freshly baked crème brulees. You can also savour a great selection of artisan coffees from Linton & Co. Coffee, served from ‘Bernard the Citroen H Van’.  Try freshly roasted brews and tempting homemade cakes served by family-run Home Ground Coffee.  Beer, wine and coffee are available in Harmony Gardens from Born in the Borders and the Charlie Mills converted horse box.  And don’t forget to try the mouth-watering selection of Over Langshaw ice-creams and sorbets served from their ice cream bicycle, ‘Beatrix’ .

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