Sir Michael Jackson and Jorie Graham to speak at Books, Borders and Bikes

Portrait of General Sir Michael Jackson affectionately known by his troops as The Prince of Darkness.
Portrait of General Sir Michael Jackson affectionately known by his troops as The Prince of Darkness.

William Dalrymple, James Naughtie, Rory Stewart MP and Peter Sacks are among the names appearing at the fourth Books, Borders and Bikes literature festival at Traquair House.

The two-day event at the Tweeddale home is heading up by Mark Muller QC, who lives at Traquair with wife Catherine Maxwell Stuart.

Visitors this year’s event will be able to see General Sir Mike Jackson, former UK Chief of General Staff, US Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham, Colombian writer and philosopher Oscar Guardiola Rivera, and a host of other leading cultural figures from around the globe, debate a series of topical issues.

Harvard literary professor Peter Sacks will discuss Sir Walter Scott’s credentials as a literary nationalist, international lawyer Ben Emmerson QC will speak about his latest report on drone strikes and former soldier and war photographer Paul Conroy will talk about his time under fire in Syria with journalist Marie Colvin.

Other participants include environmental campaigner and champion of ethical investment, Tessa Tennant, explorer, soldier, diplomat and politician, Iqbal Wahhab, director of counter-extremism think-tank the Quillam Foundation, UK diplomat Sir Kieran Prendergast, politicians from across the divide as well as leading Scottish interviewers Allan Little and Magnus Linklater.

There will also be music, comedy and outdoor activities such as family story-telling bike rides.

For further information, visit www.beyondbordersscotland.com