On Sunday we all went to the Borders Book Festival, held in the Harmony Garden in Melrose.
It was very busy, but a shame that the weather was so changeable, with several heavy showers resulting in everyone at times sheltering in the cafe/bookshop marquee. Lord David Steel and James Naughtie were there.
We attended two events, the first one was The Scots: A Genetic Journey, by Alistair Moffat.
Alistair Moffat presented some finding from a survey of Scotland’s DNA history. A fine speaker, the audience was engrossed by his presentation.
The second event was In Shackleton’s Footsteps, by Henry Worsley.
In 2009, Army officer Henry Worsley and two others retraced Shackleton’s 1909 march to a point 97 miles from the South Pole. Worsley recounted both journeys. In 1909 Shakleton was forced to turn back and retrace his steps to the coast. In 2009 Worsley continued to the Pole. Once again, the audience was enwrapped by the presentation.
The day turned out to be quite expensive – with four tickets to buy for two events, the total cost was £88.