Greater than 100 occasions are being held over 4 days because the Borders E book Pageant begins in Melrose.
Snooker star Stephen Hendry, tv wildlife skilled Kate Humble and historian Neil Oliver are a part of the opening day’s proceedings.
Pageant director Alistair Moffat stated the stage was set for “energetic debate, enjoyable and laughter”.
He stated that huge names and lesser-known storytellers promised a “bumper weekend of pure enjoyment”.
Walter Scott Prize
The programme contains figures from a variety of fields.
Sporting heroes David Coulthard, Bob Champion and Gregor Townsend are amongst these scheduled to seem.
Comedians Alexei Sayle, Susan Calman and Jan Ravens are additionally within the line-up.
Quite a lot of politicians and political consultants will make an look over the weekend too.
The competition may even see the presentation of the 10th anniversary version of the Walter Scott Prize for historic fiction.
The shortlist contains Peter Carey, Cressida Connolly, Samantha Harvey, Andrew Miller, Michael Ondaatje and Robin Robertson.
Mairi Kidd, of Inventive Scotland, stated the competition had put collectively a “numerous, present and imaginative programme with one thing for everybody”.
“It is notably good to see such a robust supply for youthful audiences and their households, and that Scottish writers sit firmly on the coronary heart of the programme,” she added.