For four days each June, Melrose hosts this now, national event. In the stunning setting of the Harmony Gardens, the book festival plays host to a world class quality of writers; Michael Palin, Ian Rankin, Iain Banks, Germaine Greer and many other best selling authors have come to Melrose to talk to enthusiastic audiences.

During the Book Festival, Marmions Brasserie runs a special Marmions Café Bar at the Harmony Gardens. There you can enjoy a selection of teas, coffees, savouries, homemade cakes, chilled white wines, full reds, soft drinks and other delights. If you wish a bottle of wine to take into a session simply order it from our Café Bar. It is open from 9am until midnight for the full four days.

Don’t forget to pop in to Marmions Brasserie for lunch or dinner throughout the Book Festival, as we are located just a short stroll away.

The Borders Book Festival runs every year in mid June.
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Special Book Festival Events

We occasionaly hold exclusive Book Festival events at Marmions Brasserie, the last being a visit from the Australian writer, Alex Miller, who was here to promote his new novel. These intimate evenings mean you can listen to and meet the authors, while sipping on a glass of wine and nibbling on a selection of Meze. If you want information on future events, sign up for our e-newsletter or check the Borders Book Festival Facebook page.