More than 800 people from across Scotland and Northumberland packed out the Tait Hall in Kelso last week for a special Borders Book Festival evening featuring actress Sheila Hancock and Monty Python star Michael Palin.
Both authors engaged in warm, witty and at times, moving one-to-one conversations with festival director Alistair Moffat, recounting the stories behind the stories in their latest best-selling books.
Hancock, who has enjoyed a career in film, television, theatre and radio since the 1950s, was on sparkling form, revealing to the audience the surprising delights of getting old and the background to her compelling debut novel “Miss Carter’s War”.
In the second half of the evening, Palin shared funny and candid memories from “Travelling to Work” – the third volume of his acclaimed diaries. He talked about the unexpected detour into travel which helped shape his career after Python, his enthusiasm for new challenges, and recent projects, including the string of Python reunion shows which sold out in the O2 Arena this summer.
Next year’s Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival will take place on June 11-14.