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- Borders Booming Bookfest

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Borders Booming Bookfest
The Borders Book Festival earlier this month attracted 19,000 people to Melrose, generating an estimated 2.5 million for the local economy. The inaugural festival in 2004 attracted an audience of just 300.

The festival is held in Harmony Garden and Hall (graphic of hall and garden © Graeme Hastie via Wikimedia Commons) in Melrose in the heart of the Scottish Borders - Abbotsford, the home built by that well known and prolific writer Sir Walter Scott is close by.

Alistair Moffat, the festival director, said this growth was significant and demonstrated the increasing power of "cultural regeneration" throughout the Borders.

The festival has become more important to the region's economy than rugby's Melrose Sevens, one of the Borders' most famous sporting events, according to Mr Moffat. "The success of the book festival demonstrates the power of cultural events and cultural artefacts to generate prosperity." he said.

For more on this event see Borders Book Festival Web site

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