The international festival Beyond Borders is returning for its 12th year, and once again the imposing Traquair House near Innerleithen will be the historic setting for a series of panel discussions and debates alongside an eclectic programme of art and music.
Matching the festival’s billing as the platform for international dialogue and cultural exchange, the programme’s highlights include Razia Iqbal talking to Christina Lamb about her life and her most recent books on homelessness and war rape; Alastair Campbell will be quizzed by his old colleague Jonathan Powell about the Tony Blair years, Brexit, and his own inner struggles to find peace. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will talk to BB Women in Conflict Fellows from around the world as they give their take on recent global events, and Rosemary Goring and Clare Hunter will discuss the life, times, and embroidery of Mary Queen of Scots with Geoffrey Baskerville.
A fascinating selection of international speakers and discussions is supported by a global Art and Music programme combining international artists and performers, with thought-provoking art exhibitions. Traquair House’s beautiful Walled Garden will host a series of walks, talks and activities.
A trailer video explains more, on the festival’s new website.