The Borderlines Book Festival is an annual celebration of the written and spoken word held in Carlisle, Cumbria, which aims to:

… establish the festival as a focus for literary excellence by attracting high-quality speakers; nurturing and showcasing local writing talent; providing new opportunities for local people to experience literature in direct, accessible and dynamic ways; and helping to foster literary skills within the community.

… promote a life-long love of reading across all sections and ages of the community.

… create a sense of occasion and identification with the Festival, raising the profile of Carlisle nationally and stimulating economic opportunities for local businesses

This year’s festival will run from Thursday 26th September to Tuesday 8th October.

Among the numerous wonderful authors and poets who will be appearing at the 2019 festival are:

  • Adele Parks, who will discuss her latest gripping domestic thriller, Lies, Lies, Lies.
  • Jackie Morris, who will talk about the republication of The House Without Windows, a lost children’s classic, and the beautiful ink illustrations she has created for the new edition.
  • Andrew Roberts, who will discuss Churchill: Walking with Destiny, which draws on over forty new sources, including the private diaries of King George VI, to depict Churchill far more intimately as an individual.
  • Emma Darwin, who will survey the artists, scientists, composers and poets that comprise the Darwin-Wedgwood-Galton clan.
  • Liz Grand, who will perform Where is Mrs Christie?, which documents the enduring mystery behind the great crime writer’s own disappearance.
  • Ann Cleeves, who will discuss how her characters come to life and introduce her latest creation, Detective Matthew Venn, the central character in The Long Call.
  • Gervase Phinn, who will recount tales and anecdotes from his life as a teacher and school inspector.
  • Alexander McCall Smith, who will discuss the latest happenings with Mma Ramotswe in Botswana, the return of the cast of Edinburgh’s 44 Scotland Street, and his new stand-alone novel, The Second Worst Restaurant in France, before finally introducing you to Detective Ulf Varg – one of Sweden’s top investigators of unusual, complicated and insignificant crimes in the first book in a new series, The Department of Sensitive Crimes.

You can check out the full festival line-up and purchase tickets here.